If you are looking for the answer to any of these questions, it is most likely that the answer is: because it is high time to think about replacing your water heater.
Although the average lifespan of a water heater is 10 to 15 years, it can last longer.
A descriptive plate, stuck on the tank, will inform you about the date of manufacture.
The life expectancy of a water heater depends on several factors.
The type of water in your area can play a very important role in the life expectancy of your water heater.
Therefore, it is better to regularly remove the heating elements from the layer of limestone that covers them because this crust, as solid as cement, will diminish the function of the elements which is to heat the water. The thermostat, not detecting that the water is hot enough, will make the elements continue operating constantly. The result: overheating … which will reduce their lifespan.
If your water is ferrous and traces of rust appear in tap water, it is advisable to drain the water heater annually to remove residues, although this is rarely required.
If you have a gas water heater, it is possible that the water is less hot or that there is less hot water than before because there are too many accumulated deposits in the bottom of the latter.
You may have no control over the quality of the water in your area. You can remedy the problem by installing a water softener or by conscientiously maintaining your water heater.
You have control over this factor that can influence the life of your water heater.
How do you know if the water heater you plan to buy is an entry-level or high-end model before you know the price?
For example, you know that the model you are looking for is entry-level if the warranty says:
On the other hand, you are attracted to a high-end model if the guarantee indicates:
Either way, insurers recommend considering the replacement of your water heater after 10 years or, at the very least, doing all the checks on a regular basis after that age.
Some of them may even refuse to cover the damage caused by an over-aged water heater, given the increase in the number of claims caused by it.
If you buy your water heater at a big box store, budget a few dollars more to have it delivered. Indeed, a water heater must travel upright and not lie in the bottom of the box of a van.
Replacing a water heater with a unit with a smaller capacity causes fewer problems than replacing it with a larger one. In this case, some modifications must be made to the home’s power supply. It is, therefore, certainly preferable to have the installation carried out by a professional.
As in the previous case, if you replace a water heater with the same capacity, it is still preferable to have it replaced by a plumbing expert who is a member of the Corporation des maîtres mécaniciens en tuyauterie du Québec (CMMTQ).
Did you know that different manufacturers provide an extended warranty on their water heater if it is installed by a plumbing professional?
A water heater installed by a plumbing contractor can have a better life. The risk of breakage is reduced.
Consider the following:
|40-gallon water heater||40-gallon water heater|
|Economical||$530 to $600 + taxes||$630 to $700 + taxes|
|Top of the line||$650 to $750 + taxes||$750 to $900 + taxes|
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If you notice that the water is getting less hot over time or that there seems to be less hot water than before, it is very likely that you need a water heater replacement soon.
Rusty water or light-colored clothes that comes out of the washing machine with rust stains usually indicates that it is time to get a new water heater.
Another sign of the aging of your water heater is moisture to the touch or the appearance of rust at the base (or on the surface) of the tank. Water, by gravity, always takes a path down. The fact that there is rust at the base of the tank may indicate the possible existence of a crack causing the start of a small progressive leak. The water then concentrates this place.
If rust has punctured the tank and you find water on the floor near the water heater, you need to replace the water heater urgently.
To avoid a water heater breakage, it is important to take the appropriate steps during installation if your water heater is:
The changes will then be minimal. In addition, if during installation, you put a water retention container under your water heater, you will discover more quickly if a gradual and continuous leak has started, thus giving you time to react appropriately.
You can prevent water from entering the water heater through the switch located on the top of the apparatus.
Connect a garden hose to the drain valve which you will find near the base of heater. Put the other end of the hose lower, near the floor drain to be able to allow the hot water to drain. Then open the hot water tap on the side of the water heater and the drain valve. Be careful not to burn yourself as the water may still be hot.
To avoid burns, turn off the water to your water heater and then take your shower. Thus, a maximum of hot water will have been used.
Then, after having purged the water heater as explained above, open the cold water tap and leave the drain tap open. With circulation, the water will remove deposits that would have lodged at the bottom of the tank.
Let the water run until it comes out clean.
Filling the water heater:
All you have to do is fill the water heater again.
Close the drain valve located at the bottom of the tank but leave the cold water tap open.
From time to time, open the drain valve to check if the water coming out contains bubbles or if it is clear.
When there is no more air in the tank, close the purge valve permanently and leave the cold water tap open so that the tank fills up.
Below is a brief summary of the steps done by your plumber when replacing your tank.
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There are several signs that a water heater is in trouble:
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