There are several signs that you might need a new water heater, and being aware of these signs can help prevent bigger problems down the road. These 8 signs of a failing water heater will support you in identifying if your water heater needs repair or replacement:
- Hot Water Shortage: Taking an excessive amount of time to get warm water to flow or struggling to get hot water to come out of your shower or faucet is often an early warning sign of a failing water heater.
- Strange Noises: Rumbling, banging, and popping sounds become more frequent as your water heater ages, but it can be an indication of a failing water heater. This is oftentimes related to mineral formation and sediment buildup, so utilizing a water softener and flushing your tank regularly can support in preventing this process.
- Inconsistent Temperature: If you frequently find yourself adjusting the temperature dial on your water heater, there is an underlying issue that might be cause for replacement.
- Discoloration: If your water isn’t coming out clear, you might have rust deposits inside your water heater, indicating some corrosion. When this happens, cracks and leaks from your water heater are imminent. In addition, you might see murky water which is a sign of mineral deposits in your water heater. These deposits can lead to a number of issues and potentially the need for water heater replacement.
- Low Water Pressure: The pressure might be low when you turn on your faucet’s hot water, and this is potentially due to sediment buildup.
- Age: Like most home appliances, water heaters do not last forever. The typical lifespan of a decent water heater is about 8-12 years, but regular maintenance can help extend this. If your water heater is approaching or exceeding this age, it might be time to consider replacement.
- Leaking: Water heaters are designed to be airtight, so a leak is considered an urgent issue. While there are several potential reasons for a water heater leak, if it is due to tank damage from corrosion or cracks then it probably needs to be replaced.
- Frequent Repairs: If you find yourself replacing parts and making repairs frequently, it might be more cost effective to replace the system. Each time a repair or replacement is made, there is potential for new issues to arise.
We have been serving the residents of Central Indiana for over 20 years and we are dedicated to providing 5-star service to our fellow Hoosiers. If you are located in Central Indiana, we can provide you with a thorough inspection of your plumbing and HVAC equipment, along with an honest opinion regarding the best fit for your home. We also offer annual maintenance plans to help keep your plumbing and HVAC systems running smoothly and consistently, no matter the season.
Brittany is a marketer, entrepreneur, and writer with previous business development experience in the home maintenance industry. She currently manages the marketing for Complete Comfort Heating, Air & Plumbing and has a passion for helping people by simplifying seemingly complicated topics related to home maintenance and repair.