Have you just purchased a new home, or has the home renovation bug hit you? Either way, it is always a good plan to look at your current plumbing and heating systems. Older homes on Vancouver Island were built with hot water tanks as the primary source of hot water. These old hot water tanks will cost you substantially more to run if they are not running as they should. Did you know that the recommended timeframe to replace a hot water tank is every 8 to 10 years? If you are considering replacing your existing hot water tank, we strongly recommend looking at today’s energy-efficient systems.

Signs your hot water tank needs replacing

Coldwater or inconsistent water heating are symptoms of an aging hot water tank that is losing efficiency. If your shower, laundry, dishwasher or kitchen sink doesn’t have hot water like they used to, call CityWide Plumbing & Heating and we will send one of our plumbing specialists out to perform a maintenance checkup. We will determine if the hot water tank has parts that need replacing, or if you should replace the tank altogether.

When you notice your hot water tank leaking, it is a plumbing emergency that should not be ignored. Waiting to have a plumber look at a leaking hot water tank can cause extensive damage to your home. If you suspect or notice a leak, give us a call immediately for same-day service.

Signs of a leaking hot water tank

  • Water pooling around the tank
  • Stains on the walls or floor
  • Cracks in the floor or molding

If you notice that your water has become cloudy or rusted, your hot water tank is most likely rusting. This happens as your tank ages and minerals in the water slowly corrode the inside of the tank. Rust will eventually cause holes and leaks in your hot water tank. If you notice rust it is time to replace your hot water tank.

At CityWide Plumbing & Heating we often see hot water tanks that have problems that aren’t addressed until they become major issues. Had those tanks had maintenance or repairs performed at the first sign of trouble, the tank would have lasted longer and performed better.

If you decide to replace or upgrade your existing hot water tank, one of our specialists can walk you through your replacement options and answer any questions you may have about today’s modern water heater systems. There are many options when it comes to water heating and residential heating systems, one of the most popular options is the tankless water heater. A tankless system can last for up to 20 years and are energy efficient and very compact in size. Tankless water heaters are initially more expensive than a traditional water tank but when you consider the savings on energy and longevity, they will save you money in the long run.

Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

  • Takes up less space
  • Energy efficient
  • Water is consistently warm/hot
  • Lifespan up to 20 years
  • Is less costly over its lifespan

Our trained specialists at CityWide Plumbing & Heating are ready to help you with any questions, repairs, replacement or maintenance needs you may have. We service Victoria, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, and the Comox Valley areas and offer same day service.