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4 Signs That Indicate Your Water Heater Needs Replacement

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Like all household appliances, large or small, water heaters have a reasonably predictable lifespan. Unfortunately, water heaters can develop leaks over time, which can cause serious damage to your home if left unchecked. That’s why it’s so important to stay vigilant when it comes to checking your water heater for any signs of a leak. 

Save yourself time and hassle when shopping for a replacement by learning to identify a failing water heater before it completely wears out. If your water heater is over ten years old, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends replacing it with a newer, more energy-efficient model.

Here are the four common signs to determine if your water heater needs to be replaced:

1. Your Water Heater Is Getting Old

A tankless water heater is more efficient than a standard water heater because it doesn’t have to store hot water. It only heats water when needed, saving wear and tear on the unit. They typically last 20 years, whereas a standard tank water heater only lasts 10-15 years.

2. The Hot Water Has an Odd Color

If you notice that the water running from your sink or shower has an odd colour, it’s essential to figure out what might be causing the issue. One possibility is that there is a problem with your water heater. If the issue is only with the hot water faucet, then there’s likely a buildup of rust or minerals inside the tank. At this stage, the only option is to replace your water heater.

3. The Heater Is Not Producing Enough Hot Water

Your water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home, providing hot water for cooking, bathing, and laundry. If it can’t keep up with your demand, it may be time for an upgrade.

There are a few reasons why your water heater may not be able to produce enough hot water. Your family has grown, and everyone is using the shower simultaneously. Or, your routines have changed, and you’re doing more laundry than before. Or, you’ve added a dishwasher to your home, and it’s using up all the hot water.

If you find yourself running out of hot water, consider replacing your current heater with a more efficient model, possibly a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters are more energy-efficient than traditional storage tank water heaters, so you’ll save money on your energy bills.

4. The Tank Is Leaking

Check the floor around your water heater regularly to spot any leaks immediately. If you detect leakage from the temperature and pressure relief or the drainage valve, you’ll need to have it fixed. If the leak is coming from the tank’s main body, it cannot be repaired. 

In this case, you’ll need to install a new water heater as soon as possible. Delaying this process can lead to major water damage to your home, so it’s important to act quickly. If you’re not ready to purchase a new water heater, one option is to rent one until you’re ready to buy.


Installing a new water heater is a big job, and it’s important to ensure it’s done correctly. It is best to consult with a qualified HVAC professional to help you choose the right water heater for your home. 

Once you’ve decided on the type of water heater you want, the next step is to find a reputable installer with experience handling the type of water heater you’ve chosen. That’s where Climate Experts comes in. We offer expert HVAC installation in Pickering and surrounding areas. Reach out to us directly if you have questions.

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