Water Heater Myths & Misinformation Blog #5

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In this blog series, we will explore some of the common water heater myths and misinformation that customers frequently call to talk about.

Myth #5 – Just because it’s new doesn’t mean that it is a whole lot better.

Getting a new hot water tank is great, and it is often also a relief, especially if your last water heater sprung a leak and left a nice surprise for you to wake up to or come home to. When you get your new water heater installed, just because it looks shiny doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a lot better than your old water heater.

If you choose to have a new storage hot water tank installed when your old one has expired, even if it is the same brand and model, it may not have changed much over time. (The typical lifespan of a water heater is 8-12 years.) However, since the Government of Canada and Natural Resources Canada updates their water heater minimum efficiency requirements every so often, your new water heater may have a slightly higher efficiency than your older tank. (Savings of approximately $6 a month is still savings!)

You can view the Government of Canada’s most recent water regulation information clicking here. Natural Resources Canada also published a Water Heater Guide in 2012 which you can view and download from their website by clicking here.

How can you help your new hot water tank perform better than your old one? It’s simple. By performing regular maintenance on your water heater, such as having your water heater flushed or by doing it yourself, you will rid the tank of any sediment build up. Even though you can’t see the build up in your water as you use it, and even if your local water is soft, minerals build up from regular usage, and as your tank ages the anode rod slowly breaks down and settles to the bottom of you tank. This can eventually corrode and cause your tank to leak.

When was the last time that you had your water heater flushed? If you can’t remember, then it is a good time to start thinking about it and book an appointment!

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