Signs You Will Need a New Water Heater

So you’re neighbor has just told you they had to replace their water heater and you’re wondering how you can tell if you need to replace yours. When you have a problem with your water heater, it can disrupt your daily activity. This is something that can be avoided with by knowing what to look for when it is time to replace your water heater.

By looking for these indicators, you can avoid the headache associated with a failing water heater:

  • When Your Water is Rusty– If you notice that there is rusty water coming from your water heater, this indicates it is rusting inside and will eventually begin leaking. There are several tests that an expert technician will perform to find out if the rusty water coming from your water heater is because of your water heater and not the pipes. 
  •  Age of the Water Heater– The water heater’s serial number will indicate when the heater was manufactured. This is generally located toward the top of the water heater. If you have a water heater older than 10 years old, you should think about having another one installed. 
  •  Noise from the Water Heater When you have to use more gas or electricity to heat water, this means the heater is inefficient. This can be caused once sediment hardens on the bottom of your water tank and you start to hear a knocking sound coming from the heater. This noise is a good indicator that you need to replace the water heater. 
  •  Moisture Around the Water Heater– Keep your eyes open for moisture around the water heater. This means there is likely a small leak in the tank. Just because the leak may stop and start again when the heater has cooled, doesn’t mean you don’t still need a new water heater.