6 Signs You Need to Replace Your Hot Water Tank

Water heater installation and maintenance is essential to Canadian homeowners

Proper maintenance is the key to a longer lifespan of your water heater tanks. However, just like any other appliance or equipment, there will come a time when you have to let them go and replace them. 

Here are telltale signs that signify it is time to let go and replace your hot water tank.

How long do hot water tank last

The life expectancy of water heaters depends on various factors like its location, type, design, hot water tank installation, maintenance, and the water’s quality. Typically, gas water heaters can last from 8 years up to 12 years, while electric-type water heaters can last from 10 to 15 years. 

Keep in mind, older models might require more maintenance compared to the newer water heaters. However, both old and new models need regular inspection, draining, and flushing to ensure the longevity of use.

What are the signs that a hot water tank needs replacing

After a long day at work, it is relaxing to have a hot and steamy shower. And the last thing you will want is to be shocked with a cold shower instead. Nobody wants their water heaters to break down, most especially, during winter. 

Here are 6 signs telling you that you need a new one:

1. Your water heater is old

Old water heaters tend to break down more often and will need more maintenance. If your gas or electric hot water heater is around 10 years old or even older and breaks down often, you might want to consider looking for a new one. 

To find out how old your water heater is, look for the serial number on the sticker. It is usually located at the top of your unit. Then, go to the manufacturer’s website and enter the serial number. The website will show you the information you need, including the date it was made.

2. Water is discolored

The majority of the parts of your water heaters are made from steel. It is known to be one of the most durable materials but just like any metal, it is not safe from rust or corrosion

When the water coming out from your tap is rusty, discolored, or comes with small particles, it is time to consider replacing your water heater. Water contamination can cause a lot of health problems, including diarrhea, cholera, hepatitis A, and more.

However, remember that water, under high pressure, tends to look a bit hazy and when the pressure stabilizes, it should turn colorless. When you are unsure if the water quality is just under pressure or contaminated, wait for a few minutes. If it doesn’t turn colorless, that means it is contaminated.

Water discoloration is common sign for hot water tank maintenance need

Water discoloration is common sign for the need of hot water tank maintenance

3. Unusual noises

It is perfectly normal if your water heaters make a little noise. It starts with a small buzz then it will grow into a rumbling sound. This is typical with a hot water tank when the burner or heating system heats and reheats the water in the storage tank. No need to fret.

However, when you start to hear popping, loud banging, or any cracking sound, that is when you should be concerned. There’s a good chance your storage tank water heaters have sediment buildup causing the loud noise. You should never take this for granted. Sediment buildup can cause the steel or metal in your tank to tear resulting in leaks.

To know what the specific problem is and how to deal with it, I highly suggest calling a professional

4. Issues with leaking

Another telltale sign you might want to look into is water leaks. This can lead to flooding. Best scenario: some pipes, screws, or connectors just need tightening. Have a professional look at your water heater. He or she can help you identify the problems and if it can be solved just by tightening loose parts or you need to replace the unit.

5. Water is not heating properly

Fluctuating water temperature is a sign that there is a problem with your water heater. Have a professional look into your unit.

The most common cause of irregular water temperature is the sediment buildup inside your water heater tanks. As time goes by, minerals left from the continuous heating and reheating of water tend to build up covering the heating system inside the tank. This will hinder the heating system from working properly.

If your water heater is new, you can have it repaired. But if your unit is too old, you might want to consider replacing it.

6. Needing frequent repairs

Maintenance and frequent repairs are not cheap. If your water heater needs a lot of repairs to provide the much needed hot water in your household, you might want to check how much money you are spending on repairs versus buying a new one. 

How long should it take to install a new hot water heater?

To know exactly how long it will take to install a new hot water heater, I highly suggest calling a professional. They will be able to give you a proper estimate depending on the type of water heater you have. 

For tankless water heaters, it will be way faster. On the other hand, a storage tank water heater might take around 2 hours to 4 hours. 

  • If you are replacing an old water heater with a new one, the old unit has to be removed first. This will take around 40 minutes to an hour. This sounds simple. But remember, there are a lot of things that need to be removed, drained, and disconnected before the removal of the old unit. If this is the first time you’re having a tank-style water heater installed in your household, you can disregard this step.
  • Bringing in the tank and putting the tank in its position will take around 20 to 40 minutes depending on how accessible the location is. This will take less time if you are just replacing a unit.
  • After the unit is in place, it is time to connect the unit to the house’s water and power sources. It will take from 45 minutes to an hour. If you have an electric type, this will take less time but if you have a gas type, this will take longer. The professional installer will need to test and adjust the setting. Make sure to ask how to do simple settings adjustments and maintenance you can do on your own.

Do you need a professional to replace a water heater?

YES, you will need a professional to have your water heater replaced. Remember, there are electrical components and gas lines that need to be handled when replacing your unit. If you are not an expert, handling these things might be difficult and can cause major accidents or damages to occur. Contact a reliable plumbing services at MidCity plumbers today to see how we can help on your next project.

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