Replacing a Hot Water Heater in Calgary

Most Albertans don’t realize there’s a problem with their hot water heater until they wake up one morning without hot water and discover water flowing out of the tank flooding their home.

At Just In Time Furnace Inc. we carry a variety of both tank and tankless hot water heaters from brands like Navien, Rheem®, and Rinnai®. We get that most people have no idea that their water heater is about to fail. When internal parts are corroded or encased in a buildup of minerals, the water heater's efficiency begins to decline but there are a few significant signs will let you know it’s time to purchase a new water heater before it fails completely. Here are four indicators that your water heater may be on its last legs:
• Age is a crucial component given most water heaters last between 10 and 15 years before they need to be replaced. If you don’t know your water heater’s age, look for the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker on the upper portion of the water heater – it contains the date that the water heater was manufactured. The serial number will have a date code such as C051052638, where C is for the month and C is the third letter in the alphabet, so it represents the third month, March. Next, the first two digits of the serial number represents the year so 05 means 2005.
• Rusty water can be a sign that your water heater is rusting away on the inside and it may begin to leak soon. If the hot water has a metallic taste to it, this indicates that the water heater is close to breaking down.
• Rumblings, loud cracks and pops indicate an interaction between the heating elements inside the heater and the scale and mineral deposits built up on them. This is a sign that the water heater is at the end of its useful life.
• Water around the water heater suggests a small leak or a fracture in the tank. Before replacing your water heater, make sure there are no other leaks coming from either the fittings or connections to the tank, and that the temperature/pressure overflow pipe is not leaking.

If you wake up without hot water and there is no leaking, it could also mean the pilot light is out or the circuit breaker tripped – check both first. Then if you are concerned about water heater failure or if you discover any of the signs above, contact Just In Time Furnace Inc. for service.

Regularly flushing the water heater keeps it working longer and annually check the pressure relief valve to ensure it is working. Use caution when flushing the water heater to avoid getting burned.

When you’re looking for someone who can do the job right, has the best quality and prices on energy-efficient tank and tankless hot water heaters, contact Just in Time Furnace Inc. at 403-333-6666 today for expert service, great values, and a free quote for your home or business.

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