Life expectancy of good quality water heaters is about 10 years but if properly maintained that lifespan can be increased. Mineral buildups or internal corrosion are what generally causes them to deteriorate. Maintaining your water heater often can eliminate many of these issues but sometimes they just out life their usefulness. Here are signs that you may need a new water heater:

Not Enough Heat

Your water heater won’t operate as well as it should if there’s excessive buildup. You might find that it gets a little warm or heats up and then stops and if that’s the case then it may no longer be working and need to be changed.

Water Discoloration

Sandy or Muddy water coming from your water heater is an indication of sediment buildup. It may be useful to drain and refill the unit but if this doesn’t work get a new one.

Frequent Repairs

If you find yourself constantly repairing it because parts are constantly breaking or giving trouble, there may be a bigger issue at hand. Save yourself the head ache and have it replaced.


When inner tanks aren’t working as they normally do you may notice leaks when your heater is standing. Leaks and drips can lead to bigger problems if they persist and the tank breaks.

Noisy Unit

Mineral buildup on heater components can lead to popping or cracking noises. A thorough clean up generally does the job but if not get another one.

No Hot Water

It possible to open your taps and get no hot water at all, which is a common issue with water heaters. This could be a result of broken circuit breaker or a blown pilot light.


If you want to get hot water running asap and would like to have our professional plumbers come out to your home and offer some advice on choosing a unit and also to take a look at your current plumbing we would be more than happy to assist you with your Ottawa plumbing needs.

Just give us a call and speak to an Ottawa plumber about your hot water heating needs today.