Having hot water available on demand for showering, bathing, cooking, and cleaning is important for everyday living. Most households in Prince George use hot water tanks to supply their hot water needs. Unfortunately, hot water tanks don't last forever and eventually need to be replaced.
At Canuck Mechanical Ltd., we service and install hot water tanks in Prince George. Here are some of the top signs that it's time for you to invest in a new one.
1) Your Hot Water Tank is Eight to Ten Years Old
Oftentimes, the biggest sign that you should start thinking about getting a new hot water tank is age. Depending on how well it was installed and maintained, most tanks will last between eight to ten years. Even if your hot water tank hasn't started having too many issues, replacing it after a decade is a good idea. Chances are, however, that you will begin experiencing the following problems once your tank starts getting older.
2) You're Always Running Out of Hot Water
If you never seem to have enough hot water, then it could simply be a problem with the thermostat or with the size of the tank. But, if the thermostat appears fine and your household hasn't been using more water than usual, then the issue may lie with a broken heating element. In this case, you're better off looking at new hot water tanks in Prince George.
3) Your Hot Water Tank Is Leaking
Older hot water tanks often leak because the metal has started forming cracks after years of expanding and contracting due to storing hot water. These cracks can then lead to leaks and puddling around your hot water tank, which, in turn, may possibly even result in significant property damage if not caught quickly enough.
4) Your Hot Water Tank Makes A Rumbling Sound
Hot water tanks in Prince George often start to make louder and louder rumbling sounds as they get older. This may simply be a problem with too much built-up sediment, which can be corrected by flushing the tank. If your tank continues rumbling after a flush, then you've likely got a more serious problem on your hands.
5) Your Hot Water Is Rusty
If your hot water comes out of the taps with a red tint or a rusty flavour, then rust may be forming inside of your hot water tank. Check the pressure relief valve and water inlet on your tank. If either show signs of rust, then it's likely that there is rust inside of your tank as well. Once rust has entered the picture, it's definitely time for a new hot water tank.
Is your hot water tank just not working like it used to? You can trust the experts at Canuck Mechanical Ltd. to diagnose the problem and let you know if it can be repaired or if it's time for a replacement. We sell and install both gas and electric hot water tanks in Prince George, and we'll gladly get you set up with a unit that's right for your home. To learn more, just contact Canuck Mechanical Ltd. today.