Part of an old water heater being replaced in Edmonton

When is It Time to Replace Your Hot Water Heater?

Many people don't realize just how much they rely on their hot water heater until it stops working. We use on-demand hot water for a plethora of everyday tasks, including cooking, cleaning, bathing, and more. At Modern Air & Water, our technicians provide hot water heater installation in Edmonton. If you're not sure whether it's time to replace your hot water heater, then this guide is for you. Here are some factors to take into account when making your decision.

Age of Your Hot Water Heater 

A typical hot water tank has a lifespan of eight to 12 years. Even if you haven't noticed too many issues yet, age is one of the main signs that it's time to start thinking about getting a hot water heater replacement. It may still seem to be working fine now, but problems can quickly start compounding the older your water heater gets.

Size of Your Household

If your hot water tank is getting older and your household is growing as well, then the tank may not be able to keep up with demand anymore. You may notice that the hot water runs out a lot faster than it used to and takes longer to heat up again. Consider getting a larger tank size and ask about water heaters with a high recovery rate.

Signs of a Failing Hot Water Heater

You should not wait until your hot water heater is completely broken to get it replaced. The top three signs that your water heater is about to fail are: 

1. Leaks: As a hot water tank gets older, it will begin to develop cracks and, eventually, leaks. This can cause significant property damage and high utility bills, so it is important to inspect your tank regularly and have it replaced if you spot signs of a leak.

2. Discoloured Water: An older hot water heater is also more likely to develop rust inside of the tank, which can give your water a reddish tint and a rusty flavour. Once rust has infiltrated your tank, it's time for a new one.

3. Strange noises: Hot water tanks can develop built-up sediment over time as well, which can cause banging and rumbling noises from inside the tank. It's best to have your hot water heater inspected if you notice any strange sounds.

Professional Hot Water Tank Replacement in Edmonton


If your hot water heater is leaking or not working as it used to, then it might be time for an upgrade. The technicians at Modern Air & Water will help you choose a new hot water tank for your home. We can also let you know all about our tankless water heaters and whether they are a good option for you.

Modern Air & Water is uniquely qualified to take care of all of your home comfort needs. In addition to hot water heaters, we provide duct cleaning, heating services, air conditioner cleaning and repair, and air quality services. We serve the city of Edmonton and the surrounding area, including Spruce Grove, Sherwood Park, St. Albert, Devon, Gibbons, Nisku, Morinville, and many other communities.

To find out more about our HVAC or hot water heater installation services, please contact Modern Air & Water today.