On-demand hot water access hardly qualifies as a creature comfort anymore; it’s something that pretty much all of us have come to expect, and it’s something we truly need for our sinks and our showers, our dishwashers and our laundry machines. In other words, homeowners always need their hot water heaters to function properly. Hot water heaters aren’t made to last forever though, and it’s important to know the signs that you need a new one. That way, you can quickly book a service call from one of our plumbers to fit a new heater with minimal disruption.
But how can you tell when your water heater is on its last legs?
When It’s Old
Certainly, once your water heater reaches a ripe old age, you should start preparing yourself for a replacement. And how old is old? It all depends on the kind of water heater you have, and also the level of wear and tear it’s endured. Generally speaking, you can expect at least 10 years from your hot water heater. Sometimes it might be closer to 12 or even 15. Once you make it to the decade marker, though, you should at least start paying more attention to the signs of possible water heater failure.
When the Hot Water Runs Out
Of course, one way to tell you need a water heater replacement is that yours simply isn’t working properly. Does your hot water suddenly seem a lot cooler than usual? Does your hot water run out a lot more quickly? Both of those are sure signs that there’s a problem with your unit—and that it needs either repair or replacement.
When There’s Rust in Your Water
If you start noticing rust-colored water, that means there is a problem somewhere—either corrosion in your hot water heater or inside the water heater tank. Either way, you’ll want to have it looked over by a professional plumber.
When It’s Leaking
Sometimes a leaky water heater may be repairable, but often it will need replacement. Again, you’ll want to call a plumber either way. Look out for puddles of water underneath the tank, and give us a call when you see one!
Indeed, our Vancouver plumbing professionals are here to help with any water heater issues that arise, whether that’s routine maintenance or full unit replacement. Schedule your appointment with our plumbing team at your next convenience.