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An efficient water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home. It helps to conduct essential household duties, whether that be heating water for dishwashers or hot showers and is a daily necessity for every family. The working condition of hot water heaters may not be considered to the same extent as other appliances. However, when it begins to show signs of trouble, it’s crucial to call a professional service to determine if your water heater should be replaced. Here are some tell-tale signs that you should look out for:

Dirty or Rusty Water

If brown or rust-coloured water comes out of the hot water taps of your kitchen sink, bathroom, or shower, it may be time to replace your water heater. Rust indicates that your water pipes and tank are corroding on the inside. But rust isn’t always a sign that you need a new heater. The zinc anode rod attracts the corrosion that occurs when water and metal mix, causing the rod to wear out and resulting in rusty water. However, you won’t know for sure if the anode rod or heating failure is the primary source of rusting until you contact a professional at A Plus Water Heater for an inspection and repairs.

Stops Producing Hot Water

Over time, hot water heaters become less effective at heating water because of sediment build-up. If your heater is new and the only problem is a broken heating element, a licensed plumber can be contacted to help replace it, rather than having to buy a completely new heater. In certain other cases, the water heater might be completely fine, but it’s the unit that is too small for the household’s needs. If more people have suddenly started to use the water, it might be time for you to get a bigger unit.

Hot Water Tank Is Leaking

Leaks, especially ones that contain water, are never a good sign. Over time, as the water tank continuously heats and cools water, leaks can start to develop. If there is water surrounding the base of your heater, you need to replace it. Take immediate action in having a qualified plumber take a look. Otherwise, small fractures can grow before bursting. If you notice any leaks, turn off the water heater and water valve before calling a professional plumber.

Your Hot Water Heater Is Making Strange Noises

Hearing odd noises from the heater can always create concern. If there is a popping, cracking, rumbling or banging sound, or any other unusual noises, contact a hot water repair technician at A Plus Water Heater. This might be signalling other malfunctions, so check for leaks as well.

Your Water Heater Is Old

The majority of water heaters last from eight to 15 years. If a heater is more than 10 years old, it will need to be replaced very soon. You can find out more information on how old your water heater is by looking at the serial number or checking the water heater manual or manufacturer’s website.

Your Water Heater Needs To Be Repaired Often

Another way of knowing if any appliance should be replaced is if it needs to be frequently repaired in order to function. Repeated repairs can lead to continually spending a lot of money into a water heater that will only cause more problems further down the road.

Sediment or Sand Build Up Is In Your Water Heater Tank

If your hot water appears to be muddy or sandy, there is a high chance that a build-up of sediment is at the bottom of your hot water heater tank. This can sometimes be cleaned out by either doing it yourself or calling a plumber. But if this becomes a constant problem, or other issues keep arising, such as leaks and rust, you should consider replacing your water heater.


If you’ve noticed any of these warning signs in your hot water heater, call a professional hot water technician for an assessment. A Plus Water Heater has been in the business for the past 19 years, providing the best city-wide water heater service and hot water tanks in all of Winnipeg. If you’re looking for a dealer who can sell you a great-quality Rheem or John Wood water heater, contact us today! We have a team of licensed installers, new and leading-edge technology, peace-of-mind insurance programs, 10 year extended warranty programs and 24 hour emergency service! We’ll assess, diagnose, and recommend the right solution for you and walk you through every step of the way before discussing the available options. Call us today at 204-334-8878 or email us at [email protected] to book your appointment.