Saskatoon is known for its rather chilly temperatures during the autumn and winter months, so possessing an efficient and powerful water heater is a very real concern for any home. As these heaters can break down from time to time, let us quickly address a handful of the indicators that a tank may need to be replaced.
Types of Hot Water Tanks in Saskatoon
There are a few different categories of water heaters that currently exist. Generally, these can be grouped into those which have traditional hot water tanks and the “tank-less” varieties that simply heat water as needed as opposed to storing it for longer periods of time. Tank-less varieties can be more efficient and they are often chosen within homes that lack a basement or otherwise have only limited amounts of space.
What to Look For
Now that the basic types of water heaters have been described, what are a few common indicators that there may be a problem with a certain unit? One symptom of a potentially serious issue is a puddle of water that has gathered underneath the device (regardless of whether there is a tank or not). Any water will generally indicate that a seal is bad or has been breached. Likewise, regularly check the periphery of the unit for signs of rust. Even if there is only a slight powder, the chances are still high that a small leak could be present. The longer this leak is allowed to remain, the worse it will become.
Heaters Without Tanks
One of the main benefits of a tank-less model is that as there is no large reservoir, there are fewer chances that a leak will occur. However, recall that the gas or electric heating element can encounter problems from time to time. Should the pilot light fail to fire or if black soot is seen on the mechanism, it is a good idea to have the unit checked by a professional.
Of course, this is only a very basic list of things to watch out for. It is always best to consult a trusted plumbing service, such as Perfection Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Ltd., should any problems be suspected.
(Selecting a New Water Heater, energy.gov)
(Tankless or Demand-Type Water Heaters, energy.gov)