April is the time for flowers and all things spring. It’s also a great time to replace an old, decrepit water heater. So how do you know if your water heater needs replacing? Edmonton HVAC professionals share with you the five biggest telltale signs to watch out for.
It’s past its lifespan
A well-maintained water heater can function properly up to ten years—twelve to fifteen years if you really want to push it. If yours is close to or over a decade old, it’s likely that performance has degraded considerably. Avoid having to deal with the hassles of an unexpected breakdown by replacing your old unit this spring.
You get higher energy bills
If you observe a considerable increase in your energy bills despite your water heater usage staying consistent, your water heater’s age could be the culprit. As mentioned, water heater efficiency drops with time, and so it needs to consume more energy to provide you with the same amount of hot water you’re used to. When your heater starts making a huge impact in your energy bills, it’s time to think of replacing it.
Murky water comes out of it
Hot water tanks become susceptible to dirt and rust buildups over time. If the water coming out of your tap is murky, flaky, or has any signs of discoloration, it could be the result of a deteriorated water heater.
There’s moisture and pooling water around it
If you observe moisture and pooling water around your heater, your unit may have already sprung a leak. Fixing an old, leaking tank is only delaying the inevitable, so it’s best to replace the tank as soon as possible instead.
Decreased water supply and heat
Does the hot water seem like it runs out quicker than before? Is the water not as hot as it used to? If you have either or both problems, it might be time for you to move to a newer, more efficient model.
The good news is that water heater problems are easy to identify. If you’re not sure that your water heater needs replacing, you can always ask an Edmonton water heater professional such as Capital Plumbing and Heating Ltd. for a second opinion. Don’t attempt to repair your water heater yourself if you don’t have the knowledge or experience for it, as the job can be dangerous to perform DIY-style.
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