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Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

The average 3-person Toronto household used 630 litres of water in 2019.

With the exception of drinkable tap water and water for flushing the toilet, most of the water we use is heated. After all, we use hot water to wash dishes, take showers, and wash our hands. 

We often take hot water for granted until we have the dreaded surprise cold shower. 

Luckily, there are warning signs that tell you when you need to replace your water heater. Read on to learn when it's time for a water heater replacement so you can prevent any outages.

The Water Looks Rusty

If your hot tap water looks red, brownish, or yellow, that can mean rust in your water heater. Over time, the inside of the tank will start to corrode making the water look rusty.

That said, if your cold water looks rusty, that usually means you have a rusty pipe. If it's just the hot water that looks rusty, it's likely an issue with your water heater.

If you notice rust on any of the water heater connections that can also point to an internal issue.

It's an Old Water Heater

Most tank-style water heaters have a lifespan of 8 to 12 years. That's why the 10-year mark is often a good time for a new water heater.

Gas-powered water heaters often have a shorter lifespan than electric ones. They can wear out between 6 and 8 years after they're installed. Hard water can also shorten their lifespan.

You can check the age of your water heater by looking at the serial number. The format may differ for different manufacturers, but the serial number should have information about the manufacture date including month and year.

You Notice a Leak

If you notice water on the floor near your water heater, that may be a sign it's time for a water heater replacement. It means you have a leak in the tank or in the connections.

Before you call for repairs or new installation, check to see if the leak is coming from a loose connection. You might need to replace the valve or you may just need to tighten it.

It's best to call for repairs because a water leak can quickly cause property damage.

The Water Doesn't Heat to the Right Temperature

If you notice that your water isn't getting as hot as it used to, that might mean it's time for a new water heater or at least a service call.

Sediment can build up in the tank and make it harder to heat the water. It could also be an issue with the thermostat or the heating element.

If there are more people living in your home, you might need to upgrade to a water heater tank with a higher capacity. Higher water usage will make the hot water run out faster than it did.

Is it Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

If your water looks rusty, you notice a leak, or if your water isn't as hot, it might be time to replace your water heater. You also need to consider the age of your water heater.

If you're having issues with your hot water, we can help. We service and install hot water tanks and tankless water heaters in the Durham Region.

Contact us at Rodman's Heating and Air Conditioning today to book an appointment.

 

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