5 Signs You Need a New Water Heater

If you have a standard tank water heater, there are a few signs that it needs replacing soon.  Consider replacing your water heater before the coldest months of winter so that you don’t have a plumbing emergency when it is freezing!

  1. Your Water Heater is Old. If you don’t know how old your water heater is, then it may be time to replace it if you’ve been in your home for more than ten years.  A standard water heater lasts between 10 and 15 years.  After a water heater is 10-years-old, consider saving for a new one and replacing it as soon as it stops working correctly.
  2. There Is Rust in Your Tank. A water heater can rust on the inside of the tank, causing your water to taste, smell, and look bad.  You may notice that the hot water coming from your faucet is brown, this is typically a sign of rust.  A water heater that has rust inside of it is a potential emergency waiting to happen.  Consider getting a replacement right away to avoid the problems caused by a leaking tank.
  3. You Have a Leak. If your water heater is already leaking, it may be coming from a pipe that needs repairing or the tank itself.  If the leak is coming from the tank, then your water heater needs replacing right away.
  4. You Hear Noises Coming from The Water Heater. Popping or knocking sounds coming from your water heater is a sign of corrosion.  When there is sediment built up in your water heater, then it will overheat and cause the sounds you hear.  Getting an inspection is essential to avoid the tank leaking or bursting.
  5. You Repair Your Water Heater Often. If you notice that you are spending a lot on repairs, consider investing in a new water heater to avoid costly maintenance.  If you need to have it serviced more than once or twice a year, then it is time to have your water heater replaced.

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