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Oct 13, 2016
How to Know When Your Hot Water Tank Needs to be Replaced in Edmonton
Having a steady supply of hot water in your Edmonton home is something you probably take for granted. Not having that hot water gushing from your faucets and showerheads can bring your household to a standstill in no time flat!
Let’s take a look at six signs your hot water tank may need to be replaced:
- Age. The date your water heater was manufactured is encoded in its serial number. Every company does it differently, so check the manufacturer’s website. There is no magic age for replacing your hot water tank. How long it will last depends on a number of factors, including initial build quality (check the warranty), water quality, service and maintenance history, etc. As a rule, if it is nearing ten years of age, or approaching the end of its warranty period, you should have your hot water tank serviced by a plumber in Edmonton.
- Noise. Is your water heater popping, banging or rumbling? This is often related to the heater working overtime trying to warm the water through a thick layer of sediment sitting at the bottom of the tank. This overheating causes metal fatigue—eventually leading to failure and leaking. It also means you are wasting money on high utility bills.
- Rusty water coming out of your hot water faucets can signify your water heater is rusting from the inside out and is about to start leaking. But it could also mean that the galvanized pipes in your home are rusting. A plumber in Edmonton can inspect your plumbing and water heater to determine the root cause of rusty water.
- Not enough hot water. If you notice your hot water is not as hot as it used to be or runs out quicker than it once did, it could be another sign sediment is building up in your hot water tank.
- Particles. If you notice tiny bits of plastic in your faucet aerators, it could mean the downtube in the heater is crumbling. Mineral deposits in the aerators probably mean excessive quantities of sediment in the water heater.
- Signs of leaking. Water around your hot water tank or rusting joints or connectors mean you should call a plumber in Edmonton posthaste. The bottom could be ready to fall out of your water heater and cause no end of inconvenience and property damage.