5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Old Water Heater

Whether you have a gas water heater or an electric water heater, there are a few signs to watch out for if you think your old tank might be on its way out. Let’s take a closer look at some of the common problems that your water heater might run into, and what they all mean.


1. Hot water smells or looks funny

If the water from your tap is starting to smell or taste a little funky, that’s usually a sign that your tank is about to go.


2. Hot water is intermittent / unavailable
If you’re not getting any hot water at all, you might have a broken heating element (or thermocouple if you’re running on gas). You can replace these parts yourself if you’re handy, or you can call in one of the professionals from Hammond Plumbing & Heating right here in Kitchener and we’ll take care of it for you.


3. Unusual noises
Certain noises in your plumbing system are fairly normal but loud banging, knocking, creaking or whining coming from your hot water heater may be a sign that something is wrong. Built-up sediment is often the culprit and flushing the tank is the quick and easy solution. If that doesn’t do the trick, call one of our experienced tradesmen in Kitchener to come and take a closer look.


4. You’ve sprung a leak

Leaks are never a good thing, and unfortunately, they can go from bad to worse fairly quickly. Even slow drips can turn into serious flooding if left unchecked. If the tank breaks, your slow ‘drip drip drip’ could result in some major damage. If you’ve got a leak, don’t hesitate to call our Kitchener office right away. With our 24/7 service, we’re here for you day and night.


5. Your hot water heater is entering its teen years
If you seem to be having problem after problem with your water heater, or your tank is more than 10-15 years old, then it has likely reached the end of its life and will need to be replaced.


Fortunately, Hammond Plumbing & Heating has a wide range of high-quality commercial and residential water heaters to choose from! Contact us today to take advantage of our more than 50 years of expertise and quality service.

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