Signs You Need Water Heater Replacement

Is your shower turning into an icy wake-up call? Or does your water heater emit loud knocking sounds when you walk by the utility room?

Then it might be time to consider a water heater replacement.

Let's walk you through the signs that indicate it's time to replace your water heater, help you understand potential costs, and explain why upgrading to a tankless or new traditional heater is a smart move.

Whether your heater is showing its age on the outside or just not performing as it used to, knowing when and how to replace your water heater can save you from unexpected cold showers and costly home repairs.

Recognizing the Warning Signs

How to Know When to Replace Your Hot Water Heater

Knowing when to replace your water heater can save you from unexpected cold showers and potential water damage.

Here are the key signs to look out for:

1. Age of the Heater

  • More than 10-15 years old: Conventional electric water heaters last about 10-15 years, while gas water heaters tend to last 8-12 years. Tankless water heaters, although more costly upfront, typically last around 15 years.
  • Pro tip: You can usually search the brand and serial number to find out how old your water heater is.

2. Rusty Water

  • Indicative of tank corrosion: If the water from your heater is rusty or tastes metallic, it’s a sign that the tank is rusting from the inside.
  • For Newer Tanks: If the tank is newer, it might just need a simple anode rod replacement (which is a lot less expensive).
  • External Rust: Rust on the outside means the heater should be replaced ASAP to prevent leaks that could damage your home.

3. Noisy Operation

  • Rumbling, popping, knocking, or banging sounds: These noises usually indicate sediment buildup inside the tank. This sediment traps water, causing the heater to overheat as it works harder.

4. Leaks

5. Inconsistent Hot Water Temperature

  • Water not staying hot enough: This could be due to sediment buildup or a faulty heating element. If you notice fluctuating water temperatures, it's worth getting your water heater inspected.

Recognizing these signs early can help you avoid major inconveniences and costly repairs.

If you notice any of these issues, it might be time to consider a water heater replacement, especially if you live in areas like Surrey where local plumbing and heating services can provide quick assistance.

Understanding the Costs

Water Heater Installation Costs Breakdown

Replacing a water heater can cost between $1,200 and $3,000+, depending on several factors.

Here’s a breakdown of what influences water heater replacement costs:

Type of Heater (Electric water heater, gas water heater, or tankless water heater)

  • Traditional Heaters: These have lower upfront costs, offer a steady supply of hot water, and vary in efficiency based on fuel or energy type.
  • Tankless Heaters: These cost more initially but provide continuous hot water, are more environmentally efficient, save space, and are ideal for vacation or smaller homes.

Labour and Installation Cost

  • Professional Fees: Installation typically starts at $600 and can increase based on the complexity of the job and local labour rates.

Understanding these factors can help you budget effectively for your water heater replacement.

Whether you opt for a traditional or tankless model, knowing the costs involved ensures you’re prepared for this essential home upgrade.

Choosing the Right Professional

Finding Reliable Water Heater Replacement Services

Selecting the right professional for your water heater replacement is crucial.

Here are some tips to ensure you make the best choice:

  • Check Credentials: Ensure the company is licensed and insured to perform the work.
  • Read Reviews: Look at customer testimonials to gauge the quality of their services.
  • Ask for Quotes: Compare prices and services from multiple providers to get the best deal.
  • Local Recommendations: If you're a resident of Surrey, consider local experts like Rockson & Sons Plumbing & Heating. Our reputation for reliable and professional service makes us a top choice for water heater replacements.

By following these tips, you can find a trustworthy professional to handle your water heater replacement, ensuring a smooth and efficient process.

Here's a sample of Google reviews from our satisfied customers

"As a plumber who has moved away, I only trust the best to take care of my friends and family in the lower mainland for their plumbing needs. Rockson & Sons is my choice to take care of their commercial and residential service plumbing." - Jordie
"After my brother (who is also a plumber) moved away, I didn't know how we were going to find another plumber/plumbing company we could trust. Thankfully my brother recommended Rockson & Sons! They are honest, do things right, and an absolute pleasure to work with!" - Lara
"I asked a Plumbing wholesaler who they would hire if they needed a good Plumber and they recommended Rockson & Son's. Not only were they on time but the service was impeccable. They installed a new Hot water Tank and fixed a leak under my sink." - R. Steele


Timely water heater repairs or replacement are essential to avoid unexpected problems and potential water damage.

Upgrading to a tankless system can provide continuous hot water, save space, and improve energy efficiency.

Don’t wait until you’re left without hot water: Contact our team today to discuss your water heater replacement options.

Call us at: 604-802-9527

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