The majority of households use hot water every day. From showers and baths to cooking, dishwashing, and laundry – hot water is vital to our daily routine. When you consider the amount of everyday use, it brings into perspective the demands placed on our hot water tank.
Eventually, you’ll begin to see indications that you need a hot water tank replacement in Calgary. If you’ve lived in your home for at least eight years, look for the following telltale signs of a worn water heater.
1. Water is not heating
The biggest indicator of a failed hot water tank is no hot water coming from your taps. This issue could be caused by a broken heating element, a misadjusted thermostat, or that the tank is too small for the size of the house.
A repair can fix the problem in some cases, but if the issue persists after the repair, you’ll likely need to replace your hot water tank.
Over time, the metal in a water heater may begin to crack, causing a leak. If you notice puddles of water when the water heater is in use, schedule a water heater service right away.
3. Rusty water
If you notice a red tint or a rusty flavour in your hot water, your hot water tank needs to be replaced. The metal inside your hot water tank can rust as it ages. Rust in your water isn’t safe and should be looked at right away.
4. Rumbling or banging noises
When sediment builds up in your water heater, it causes loud noises when the tank is in use. This issue can be solved with a tank flush; however, you might experience other issues later on if your water heater is old. We recommend investing in a complete hot water tank replacement, which leads us to our final point.
5. An old hot water tank
Like most household items, nothing lasts forever and will need to be replaced after a certain number of years. The average lifespan of a hot water tank is ten years, and we generally recommend a replacement before further damage occurs.