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4 Signs You Might Need Your Water Heater Replaced

July 4, 2022
Posted in: Homeowner Tips

A water heater has many uses, including providing hot water for cooking, cleaning, and bathing. While you might be used to using hot water without thinking where the water is coming from, a working water heater is important to your everyday responsibilities. If you don’t think your water heater is working as well as it used to, here are 4 signs that you might need your water heater replaced.

1. Water Heater Lifespan

While different water heaters have different lifespans, the general lifespan for tank water heaters are 10 to 15 years. For a tankless water heater, the lifespan is longer. In fact, some tankless water heaters can last 20 years or more. If you are unsure whether your water heater has reached its lifespan, you can either check on the manufacturer’s label or call the company that you purchased your water heater from. In any case, if your water heater is old, it’s a good idea to replace it to ensure you always have hot water.

2. Water Heater Leaking

As a general rule of thumb, if anything in your house that is not supposed to leak starts to leak, then the item most likely needs to be replaced. When it comes to tank water heaters, their main job is to store water, so if they are leaking, it means they are not storing the water correctly. As the years go on, the metal that is used to hold the hot water in will end up expanding. When it expands too much, it can cause cracks or damage to the system, causing the tank to leak. If your water heater is leaking, it is crucial to call a professional to fix it, as the leaking water might be scorching hot.

3. Rusty Water

If your water heater is producing rusty water, you most definitely need to check it out. Rusty water means that the water heater is corroding from the inside. The rusty water may be caused by a rusty anode rod, so if this is replaced there may be a possibility that your entire water heater does not need to be replaced. However, if a professional identifies that the rusty water is not being caused by the anode rod and that it’s caused by a corroded water heater, then you will need to replace the entire system.

4. Noise

A noisy water heater will need to be examined by a professional. Some noises can be a sign that your water heater has cracks in it, so it might start leaking. Other times, loud thudding and banging noises will indicate that your water heater is at the end of its lifespan. Whatever the reason is, it is key to call a professional to inspect the sounds that your water heater is making, so they can decide on the next steps.

It’s summer, so why should you think about a water heater now? While you might not use hot water as much during the summer months, it is the best season to replace your water heater because of that. It would be very inconvenient if your water heater broke during winter when you need hot water the most. If you are looking to replace your water heater this summer, Taunton Trades can help you out!

Taunton Trades can replace your water heater so that you are completely prepared for winter! Contact the experts at Taunton Trades at 905-493-4227 or mail@tauntontrades.com to get started today.

Taunton Trades is Durham’s top HVAC repair and installation contractor. We proudly serve both the Durham and GTA regions, including Pickering, Uxbridge, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Port Perry, Courtice, Bowmanville, and more!

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