How to Know It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

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In most households, our water heaters are our best friends.  They keep our homes in top working order, and we often don’t even think about just how hard they work for us.  Our Water heaters keep us clean, keep our dishes sterile, and keep us warm and cozy when the mercury on the thermometer drops.  However, like all appliances, they do have finite lifespans, and most homeowners simply aren’t prepared for the day that theirs actually goes out.  So, what can you do to stay on top of things?

Fortunately, most water heaters show undeniable signs of wear and tear before they give out altogether.  You just have to learn how to spot the signs before things take a turn and an emergency replacement is needed.  Here’s what you need to be on the lookout for:

  • Pooling Water – Pooling water around the base of your water heater is a sure sign that replacement is in your near future.  This happens when your tank wears down over time and starts to crack. You see, because your heater involves metal heating, this process leads to the expansion and shrinkage of the tank material.  So, every time your water heater expands, those cracks get worse, and so water starts to leak out.
  • Strange Noises – Hearing strange noises like banging or rumbling coming from within your water heater means that sediment has built up at the bottom of your tank, and that sediment has broken into pieces which bang around the tank.  Unfortunately, the more sediment that builds up, the worse your problem is going to get, and eventually your tank will become brittle and prone to overheating or leaking.
  • Discolored Water –  If your hot water comes out of the faucet looking rusty, then it’s time to check your water heater, as this is a sign of decay.  And, unfortunately, this likely means that your water heater is beyond repair and is ready to be put to pasture. But, it is worth noting that if both your hot and cold water appear rusty or discolored, then the issue is more likely with your pipes, not your water heater.     
  • An Aged Appliance – If your water heater is so old that you can’t even remember its age, then chances are pretty good that a new one will be necessary in your near future.  Traditional water heaters last about 10 – 15 years, and with most, you can determine the age by looking for the serial number on the label. If you find that yours is over ten years old, then it’s time to start watching it for those tell-tale signs that it’s about to give out so that you can call in a professional.           

If you’ve noticed any of these signs with your water heater, it’s time to call in a professional right away.  Our team will come out, inspect your tank, and help you decide on the best course of action to replace your dated, decayed system before the colder weather moves in.  


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