When is it the proper time to replace a water heater?

Most water heaters in Edmonton are tucked away in the basement. They are rarely checked on or even looked at, except when an issue arises. While you may think that you only need to replace your water heater once it shuts down or starts to leak, your water heater often gives you signs long before it requires an emergency replacement.

To avoid unexpectedly having no hot water, or costly water damage repairs, it is best that you replace your water heater before it breaks down completely.

Signs to Watch for and Replace Your Water Heater

If your old water heater is working fine, you may feel there is no need to replace it. However, if it is 10 to 15 years old, it is likely reaching the end of its term. Looking for these signs will tell you if it is time for a replacement:

  • Temperature – You may notice your water heater does not efficiently heat the water. This may mean the heating element is worn (or has already broken down). Your trusted plumber in Edmonton may be able to replace the gas thermocouple and get a few more months or years from your water heater.
  • Excessive Noise – If the water tank is constantly banging, creaking or knocking, it likely has sediment that has built up inside the tank. As this comes into contact with the interior heating element, it burns away. A water heater can also make noise because it is going out. If the sediment has been flushed out recently and you still notice noises, it may be time for a replacement.
  • Maintenance – Each year, you should flush your water heater to remove sediment buildup. If you have not done this, your water heater is unlikely to last as long as the manufacturer estimates, and possibly will be worn out after the 10-year mark or thereabouts.
  • Usage – Water heaters are intended for daily use, but the more people in your home showering and bathing each day, the more demand on your water heater, and consequently, more wear and tear. Heavily used water heaters, especially if they are not designed for such volume, will quickly wear out.

If any of the indicators match up with your water heater, it is time to have it inspected. It is best to replace your water heater before it starts leaking from the bottom, but even if it does, you can receive 24-hour service to replace it.

Always Plumbing & Heating can inspect your water heater and replace it if need be. Our emergency plumbing service in Edmonton is available 24 hours, 7 days a week and we carry a full range of new water heaters to choose from. Give us a call at 780-489-8118 or contact us online.

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