The Right Time To Replace Your Water Heater Before It Fails

Hot water is undoubtedly an essential need in each of our homes to allow us to live comfortably. However, water heating units are very rarely maintained or thought about, until they completely breakdown and leave you seeking emergency services. Sometimes, all it takes is a quick repair by the professionals at Blue Planet Plumbing & Heating Ltd. but eventually, water heaters will reach their lifespan and require a replacement.

Think your water heater has reached its end? Check out our list of the signs that tell you it’s time to replace your unit:

1. The Water Heater Is More Than 10 Years Old

Generally, a water heating tank that is more than 10 years old should be replaced with a modern, more efficient system. Prior to the 10 year mark, the water heater may have been working optimally with a few repairs and tweaks. However, after this time, and especially if the unit has not been properly maintained, you will need to replace it. An older water heater may need to work much harder to operate more efficiently, which results in an increase in your home’s energy costs. If you’re unsure of the age of your water heater, locate the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker. This will have the date that the heater was manufactured.

2. Rusty Water Discharges From Water Heater

Water with a red tint may be an indicator of rust infecting the water in the tank, especially if the rust water is discharging from the hot side of the unit. It may be piping into your home and rusting from the inside, which will eventually lead to a leak. The metal inside the water may be the cause of the rust and if left unattended, the bottom of the unit can rust out completely and the tank would be unable to keep the water inside. If there is no barrier, then the water will begin to leak out rapidly and create a colossal leak. 

3. Strange Rumbling Noises

Strange noises, such as banging, rumbling or clunking, is an indicator that your water heater needs to be seen by a professional. Sediment can build up when the water heater is in operation and eventually harden. When the sediment hardens, the rumbling noises may emit from the tank and damage it. The heater will be required to use more electricity or gas to function and can cause wear and tear to the unit. Additional time spent heating the water will lead to wear on the metal of the tank, which can cause cracks.  

Blue Planet Plumbing & Heating Ltd. offers high-quality, diligent and effective plumbing & heating services for all of your needs. We have both electric and natural gas hot water tanks in our inventory for you to choose from. Have your new tank installed efficiently to allow you to get back to being comfortable at home. For regular plumbing service in Burnaby and to learn more about our services, send us a message or give us a call today!

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