Hot Water Heaters in Calgary: Early Warning Signs to Watch Out For

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There is no denying that having hot water in your home makes life more convenient. Try imagining showering in the morning, doing the laundry, or washing greasy dishes without hot water, and you’ll see just how important hot water is for many everyday household tasks.

Of course, the fact that you have hot water in your home is thanks to the presence of your hot water heater. This is why it is important for you to monitor the condition of water heaters in your Calgary home often to see if a replacement water heater is necessary. After all, the last thing you want is to be caught off guard by a failed water heater in the middle of a shower. With that in mind, be on the lookout for the following warning signs:

Age of the Unit

Water heaters 10 years or older should be replaced with newer units. Of course, if any of the other warning signs mentioned later appear before this 10-year lifespan, it should be replaced immediately. Unsure of how old your water heater is? You can always refer to the serial number sticker on the body of the unit.

Look at the first letter and first two digits of serial number. Generally, the first letter (follow the order of the alphabet) will determine the month the heater was made, while the first two digits will determine the year. For example, if your serial number reads, “A9152301246”, the water heater was manufactured January 1991. Of course, serial number codes may vary among manufacturers, so be sure to refer to your user manual.

Inadequate Heating

There are many reasons why your water heater isn’t able to heat water to the temperature you’ve set. One of the most common reasons is mineral build-up within due to the use of hard water. The thicker the build-up is, the less your hot water tank in Calgary is able to properly distribute heat. If this situation isn’t addressed soon, the build-up can lead to a clogged pipe, cutting off your supply of hot water completely.

Discoloured Water

A crystal clear “colour” is one of water’s trademark characteristics; it you notice the water from your faucets and overheads looking muddy, you should check your water heater. Discoloured water usually indicates that the inner layer of your water tank has become rusted. When this happens, a leak isn’t too far off.

If your water heater exhibits any of the warning signs mentioned above, do not hesitate to call a trusted plumbing service like Son-Rise Plumbing. An experienced plumber can help you determine if your water heater can be repaired, or if a full replacement is necessary.

Sources:

Common Water Heater Problems, DoItYourself.com

How to Remove Lime or Scale from a Hot Water Heater, Inspectapedia.com

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