Don’t leave your family showering or washing dishes in cold water due to a malfunctioning water heater. Instead, get it serviced at the first signs of trouble to avoid the absence of hot water in your house. Call The Super Plumber for routine water heater maintenance, repairs, and installations. We provide 24-hour services to the Victoria, BC area.
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Common Water Heater Issues
From time-to-time, your water heater might need repairs. To limit the inconveniences to your household, it’s important to have these common issues fixed at the first signs of trouble:
- Lack of hot water: One of the most noticeable issues with your system is a lack of hot water. For gas-powered units, this can be due to an extinguished pilot light that needs to be relit. It could also indicate a damaged heating element.
- Leaking: Have any leaks inspected by a plumber to determine if they can be repaired or if the unit should be replaced.
- Excess noise: Loud or unusual noises can signal a damaged heating element or a buildup of sediment inside the unit that needs to be professionally removed.
- Cracks: Cracks should be inspected by a plumber to determine if they can be repaired or if the unit needs to be replaced.
Lifespan of a Water Heater
Unfortunately, while water heaters have a long lifespan they do not last forever. While every make and model is different, most electric units will last from 10 to 20 years. Of course, the amount of care and maintenance the system receives can impact that timeline. Gas-powered units may have shorter lifespans than electric systems.
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When to Replace Your Water Heater?
It’s important to identify the signs that your water heater needs to be replaced before the unit malfunctions completely, leaving your family to endure cold baths and showers. To avoid this, watch for these signs that can indicate you need to replace your system:
- Age: Your unit is getting older and nearing the end of its estimated 10 to 20-year lifespan.
- Losing efficiency: Your system needs to work harder to function.
- Rust and corrosion: You notice rust or corrosion on the unit, or rust in the water.
- Leaking: There are leaks coming from the unit.
- Water is not warm enough: The system is no longer able to properly heat the water.
- Cracks: There are cracks in the tank or in the system.