Signs it’s Time to Replace a Hot Water Heater

When to Replace a Hot Water Heater

A water heater is a vital part of the modern home, and when yours stops working, life gets inconvenient fast. Many home and business owners don’t know that there are some early warning signs that may alert you to trouble well in advance. What are the signs that it’s time to think about replacing the hot water heater?

Two types of Water Heaters

Hot water heaters are usually one of two types. The more common type of heater in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey and Langley is the gas heater. Gas heaters are currently cheaper to operate and they run off of the existing city grid. There’s currently a FortisBC rebate on natural gas water heaters (till March 31, 2015). Also available are electric water heaters.


Hot water heaters work hard. They’re meant to last for eight to 12 years. If your heater is older than 10 years old, it’s probably time to think about replacing it in the next couple years. If your heater is very young, then many of the problems here (such as leakage) will have a cause that does not call for replacement.


A very common sign that a water heater is at the end of its lifespan is leakage. Water pooling around the hot water heater could be a sign that the tank is corroding. There are other causes of water around the tank — such as condensation or loose valves — and a plumber can help you pinpoint the problem.

Rust Coloured Water

Discoloured water can be a sign that the tank is rusting. Rust-coloured water can also originate from the city water supply periodically, so investigate this as well.

Not Enough Hot Water

As water heaters age, they often become less efficient. If your bath is running cold all of a sudden and your water heater is older, this may be the cause. It’s also possible that your hot water heater hasn’t kept up with your needs, and you need a larger tank. There are lots of causes of cold water, and a plumber can help you identify the issue in your case.

Pro Ace Plumbers in Vancouver BC

If you are having any of these problems, a Pro Ace plumber can assist you with all your hot water heater needs. Pro Ace plumbers are licensed and are experts in their field. A Pro Ace plumber will identify the problem with your hot water heater and decide with you whether it’s time for a replacement. If you do decide to replace your heater, a Pro Ace plumber is an expert on the options available and can help you make the best selection to meet your needs. Pro Ace serves customers throughout Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey, and Langley.

For hot water heater concerns or any other plumbing issue, contact Pro Ace at 604-293-3770 today to speak to an expert.