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Water Heater Woes?

Are you familiar with the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Well, sit back and relax because storytime is about to commence. Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a story about a young girl who finds herself in a vacant bear’s cottage, where a father bear, mother bear, and baby bear reside. She tries three bowls of porridge, three armchairs, and three beds, each time exclaiming, that one is always too hot, too cold, too big, or too small. When she finds the perfect temperature or ideal fit, she proclaims, “this one is just right.”

Just as Goldilocks tests her porridge, we all test our water temperature when bathing. Instead of recklessly hopping into a shower or bath, we timidly stick our hand under the fixture to check if the water temperature is too hot, too cold, or just right. So, when we are met with shockingly cold or exceedingly hot water, after minutes of waiting for our “just right” fit, it’s time to ascertain the source of the problem—uneven water temperatures are typically a result of a malfunctioning water heater.

Signs Your Water Heater Needs Repairs

Strange Noises

If you hear rumbling and popping noises while your water heater is running, there is no need for panic. These sounds simply indicate that you have sediment build-up at the bottom of your water heater tank. This is natural and a common side effect of an aging unit. To resolve your noisy water heater, contact a professional plumber to come clean, and flush out, your tank.

Hard Water

Here in Mississauga, we have moderately hard water, meaning we have mineral-rich water that carries elements of sediment. Over time, these minerals accumulate at the bottom of your water tank and can cause issues with maintaining water temperatures. Luckily, there is a simple solution: drain your tank.

Does Not Provide Any Hot Water

If your unit is relatively new and does not produce any hot water—your heating element is likely malfunctioning. This can be easily replaced with a new heating part, and your home’s hot water will be restored!

Signs Your Water Heater Needs Replacing

It is More Than 10-15 Years Old

If your water heater is between 10 and 15 years old, it is no longer in its prime. Aged out water heaters will not only cost you money in repetitive repairs but also drastically increase your utility bills. With recent technological updates, water tanks have become exceedingly energy efficient. If your heater is within the 10-15 year age range, it’s time for a water heater replacement.

The Tank is Leaking

If you see water pooling around the base of your water heater, you probably have a crack in the tank. This issue needs immediate attention, as pooling water can quickly become a flooding disaster. Contact Gold Medal Plumbing and Drain for your water heater replacement.

Requires Frequent Repairs

If your water heater repairs are costing more than half the price of a new water heater, it is best to replace the entire unit.

Tankless Water Heater Benefits

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and looking for a new water heater, consider a tankless water heater replacement. Tankless water heaters only heat water when it is needed, so they are more energy-efficient than traditional water heaters. In addition, they have longer lifespans.

Although tankless water heaters cost more to install upfront, they save you money in the long run by decreasing your energy bills and having longer lifespans.

For water heater repairs and replacements call Gold Medal Plumbing and Drain, at(416) 800-6264. We will find you a fit that is “just right”.

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