Comfort is largely dependent on having a dependable water heater, especially during these chilly winter months. Water heaters have a limited lifespan just like any other appliance. By recognizing the signs that it’s time for a replacement, you can avoid unplanned cold showers and potential damage. Here are six key indicators that you may be in the market for a new water heater.

1- Your Water Heater is Old

The typical lifespan is 8 to 12 years for traditional water heaters, or 20 years for a tankless system, if they have been well maintained over the years.

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2- The Water is Discolored

If your hot water looks rusty, check if your cold water is clear. If only the hot water is discolored, the problem is definitely coming from your water heater.

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3- Your Water Heater is Making Noise

Popping, knocking or cracking sounds often indicate the need for a water heater replacement. These noises are caused by silt accumulation, which causes overheating and potential damage.

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4- The Water is Not Hot Enough

Lukewarm or cold water when expecting hot water from your tap is a sign of a potential issue. We will need to assess the situation to determine if you need a fix or a replacement.

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5- Your Water Heater is Leaking

A pool of water under your tank could indicate a fracture. When the metal warms and expands this can cause cracks and leaks. Please be careful, as it may be extremely hot.

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6- There is Sediment or Sand Build-Up in the Tank

Muddy or sandy water may indicate sediment build-up  in your heater tank. If issues persist or leaks and rust appear, it is time for a replacement or at least professional cleaning.

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Traditional Water Heaters vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Selecting the best option for your home:

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Choosing between conventional water heaters and their tankless counterparts involves weighing the advantages and disadvantages along with your preferences and household needs.

Traditional Water Heaters

Traditional water heaters are cost effective initially, straightforward to install, and have familiar technology. However, they are less energy efficient, need more installation space and have a shorter lifespan.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are highly energy efficient, feature a compact design that’s ideal for limited space, and they have an extended lifespan. But, they are more expensive and have a limited output, which will be insufficient for households with a high hot water demand. Retrofitting a home for a tankless system can also be very intricate.

Consulting with a plumbing professional will ensure you get a tailored recommendation for an efficient and reliable hot water supply. 

At PR Plumbing we know how crucial a functioning water heater is in our cold climate.

Please contact us on (905) 429-9622 if you see any of these indicators. Our licensed master plumbers can evaluate your circumstances and guarantee you a convenient solution for a consistent hot water supply all year long.


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