5 Signs Your Hot Water Tank Is on Its Way out

Of all the appliances in your home which one do you rely on the most? Your coffee maker? Your toaster? How about your hot water heater? You depend on it day after day to deliver a steady supply of hot water whenever you need it. Can you imagine what life would be like without it? Keep reading for five signs that your hot water tank is close to failure so you won’t ever find yourself stuck taking a cold shower.


1. Strange noises

When you turn your tap on what do you hear? Banging, creaking, knocking and other strange sounds could be a sign that your hot water heater has some issues. Clear any sediment that’s accumulated inside the tank and if that doesn’t solve the problem have your heating element checked or replaced by a specialist in Edmonton today.



2. Leaks

Any amount of water escaping from your tank is definitely not a good thing. Whether it’s a small drip, a few beads of moisture or a big puddle, a water leak requires immediate attention. A loose fitting could be to blame or it could be time for a new tank.


3. A lack of hot water

A lack of consistent hot water could mean you’ve got a broken heating element or your pilot light is out. If neither of these two things is to blame then it might be time to have your hot water tank replaced, especially if it’s getting on in years.


4. Frequent repair

If your hot water heater is giving you grief on a regular basis, it’s probably time to start shopping around for a new one. Hot water heaters are pretty low maintenance so the need for frequent repairs is a big warning sign that your tank is on its way out.


5. Age 

The average hot water tank lasts for between 10-15 years. Exactly how long your specific tank will last depends on a number of things like the size of your family and the amount of usage it gets. But as a general rule, if your tank is older than about 10 years it’s probably approaching the end of its life-span if it’s not there already.


If your hot water heater could use a little TLC, or you’re in need of a brand new unit, contact Hydro-Flo Plumbing & Heating. We’re proud to offer our fast, friendly and professional plumbing services to both residential and commercial clients all across Edmonton and the surrounding areas. Contact Hydro-Flo Plumbing & Heating today to learn more about all our products and services or to book an appointment for hot water tank maintenance today.
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