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Hot Water Tank Repair or Replacement

There is never a convenient time for your hot water to conk out, and we know your hot water tank may have an uncanny knack for picking the worst time possible to act up. For instance, you usually discover your hot water woes in the middle of a shower when you are already late for work. My best advice is take a deep breath and keep on reading.

Three things to do and know before calling your plumber
  1. Check your hot water tanks thermostat. Your cold water could be due to your thermostat being set too low.
  2. Check to make sure power is getting to your electric hot water tank. Has a fuse blown or a circuit tripped? If you have a gas hot water tank, make sure the pilot light is lit.
  3. The average life expectancy of a hot water tank is 8 to 12 years. This is dependent on how often you did maintenance, water quality, tanks design, and how well it was installed.

 

When to Repair

Your hot water tank does have parts that can be replaced. So if your hot water issue is due to it’s replaceable components, you can repair. These are some of the replaceable parts in your hot water tank:

  • Thermostat
  • Anode rod
  • Motor
  • Valve
  • Heating element
  • Ignitor
  • Thermocouple
  • Burner assembly

The most common advice when your hot water tank is leaking is to replace. However, the source of a leak could be due to a loose connection, so tighten your connections.

Are weird noises coming from your tank? This can indicate a build up of sediment at the bottom of the tank. Drain the tank to get rid of the sediment. If that doesn’t work, you will need to look into replacing your tank.


When to Replace

Is your tank is older than 10 years and having problems? If yes, you replace, even if the problem can be repaired. As your tank ages, it will need more repairs and it can be more expensive in the long run to keep repairing your tank.

Regardless of your tank’s age, are the cost of repairs close to or half the cost of a new hot water tank? Consider replacing. The older your tank, the lower the repair cost needs to be before you consider replacing it. You don’t want to enter the costly repair cycle, where you end up spending more on repairs than the price of a new hot water tank.

Is your tank still leaking after you tightened all the connections? It’s time to replace. Tank leaks are often caused by corrosion. Corrosion is caused by minerals in your water reacting with steel. Corrosion weakens the metal tanks and will eventually lead to leaks. One indication of tank corrosion is rusty coloured hot water.

And finally, do you complain about your hot water a lot? Are you looking forward to a nice hot shower on a freezing alberta morning only to be blasted with cold water? Is your hot water the bane of your existence? To preserve your sanity and the sanity of those around you, it might be worth replacing.

The decision to repair or replace can be difficult. If you are still struggling after considering the above, talk to a reputable plumber. He or she will guide you through the various choices, help you weigh your hot water needs against your financial needs, and help you make the best decision for your situation.

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