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Give us a call today: 613-791-5777  for a free upfront estimate!Is It Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

Water heaters are designed to be efficient and reliable, but like all man-made appliances, they have a limited lifespan. Eventually, everyone must ask themselves whether they should replace or repair water heaters. At Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services, we recommend looking out for these signs to determine whether you must change the local hot water heater.

Age of the heater

Most water heaters can last for around 10-15 years before they must be replaced. Experts will generally recommend a replacement after 10 years, though a well-maintained appliance can last a little longer. Gas water heaters have a shorter lifespan, lasting only for 6-8 years before requiring replacement. Older heaters are more prone to develop problems, break down, and consume excessive electricity.

Rusty water tank

Spotting rust in a local hot water heater in Ottawa can be challenging because sometimes it is only present in pipes leading up to a heater and not in it. Check your pressure release or water inlet carefully for signs of rust. If there’s a splattering of rust around it, the tank might also be rusted. You can also drain water in it and check whether water still comes out rusty after two or three buckets. If it does, your tank must be replaced as there’s no way real way to repair it, especially if it is old.

Odd noises from the heater

Odd noises are also a sign of trouble. This usually happens because of sediment build-up, which can harden into a thick layer. This layer will erode your tank, damaging it permanently. While this damage can be stopped if caught early, there’s no alternative but to replace a tank after sediment has settled completely. Such heaters consume more electricity, don’t heat water efficiently, and will eventually cause extensive leaks.

The water doesn’t heat sufficiently

 Insufficient heating is a common problem. It can happen because of a malfunctioning thermostat, broken heating element, or small tank size. Repairing or replacing a thermostat or fix a heating element is easy. But if the tank is too small for your home, there’s no choice but to invest in a replacement.


Leaking is generally a sign that your local hot water heater is just too old. Regular hot/cold cycles expand and contract metal, which becomes damaged over time. Best water heater services - best in Ottawa badgeOnce its physical integrity is compromised, you have no choice but to replace it.

If you want to know more about our services related to the local hot water heater in Ottawa, don’t hesitate to contact us at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing, which has a badge as one of the 6 best water heater services in Ottawa from “Best in Ottawa” guide!

Give us a call today: 613-791-5777  for a free upfront estimate!

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