HEATING & COOLING
There are many options available to you when it comes to heating your water. Water can be heated with a conventional hot water tank; a high-efficiency tankless water heater; your existing boiler using an indirect fired hot water heat exchanger; or lastly using a combination boiler which heats the water for both your heating system and domestic hot water needs.
A regular conventional hot water tank is the least expensive option and is recommended for smaller households. Tankless water heaters become a very attractive option when you have four or more people in the house, as there is a never ending supply of hot water for multiple showers, or appliances using hot water at the same time. If you already have a boiler, you could consider upgrading to a combination boiler that not only heats your house, but also supplies all of your hot water.
So, how do you tell if you need a new hot water tank? It can be difficult to know for sure without having a professional inspect it, but there are a few telltale signs that mean it’s likely that a new tank is in order.
Signs That Your Hot Water Tank Needs Replacing:
Even small leaks can escalate very quickly, so it’s important that you don’t ignore a leaky hot water tank. As soon as you notice a leak, get it dealt with right away.
Tank is 10 Years Old or More
Generally speaking, hot water tanks should be replaced after about 10 years (15 at most, but that’s usually stretching it). If your tank is that old or you don’t know when it was last replaced, it is probably time for a new one.
If you notice rust-coloured water coming from your taps, this is often a sign that your tank is breaking down and nearing the end of its life.
If there is a metallic smell or taste to the water, this is another sign of a breaking down hot water tank.
If your tank is making popping, knocking, cracking, or rumbling sounds, it is probably trying to tell you something. Likely, what it’s telling you is that it needs to be replaced.
No Hot Water
This is a pretty obvious one, but if your water isn’t coming out hot, that means there’s a problem with your tank. It may just require a repair, but it could also mean that you need a new tank.
If you are unsure as to whether your tank needs to be completely replaced or just repaired, call a professional to come and take a look. Our technicians will be able to inspect your tank, figure out what the issue is, and advise you on your best course of action.
Once you’ve purchased your new water heater, make sure you take proper care of it. Regular maintenance helps to extend the life of your water heater. Have it drained and flushed once a year by a professional to remove excess sediment from the tank, reducing buildup and damages.
Trust John Sadler Plumbing & Heating to install, maintain, and repair your hot water tank. Call us today: 604-409-8487