http://goo.gl/RMhAJ Average life span of hot water tanks in Vancouver is a question we get asked regularly as plumbing and heating contractors in the Vancouver area. It can be 14yrs or less.
Vancouver water is more corrosive than water in other areas of the country and tends to eat up a hot water tank faster than usual here. Most hot water installers will tell you that a hot water tank should last at least ten years and even up to 14 years on average, but don't replace it until it's actually leaking.
Watch the video as Brent shows you where to look for telltale signs that your hot water tank is at the end of its lifecycle. Its a good idea to call a professional when you need service work done, especially when gas is connected to the hot water tank. A licensed plumber will get the job done quickly and safely so you can forget about that appliance for another decade.