7 Signs That Your Water Heater Needs To Be Replaced


Did you know that the average homeowner uses warm water up to 20 times per day?

Or that home heating systems often break down when you need them most: at the coldest times of the year when they’re working the hardest? This is especially true for older systems because they’re reaching the end of their lifespan, and this includes your water heater.

Regardless of what type of water heater you have, over time it will corrode and eventually fail. We’d like to help you avoid the flood and stay comfy with these 7 Signs that Your Water Heater Needs to be Replaced.


7 Signs that Your Water Heater Needs to be Replaced

  • Old Age – Water heaters typically last 8-12 years, so if your system is 8+ years old, it’s time to consider replacement before it fails when you least expect it.
  • Leaks – If your water heater is leaking, it must be replaced immediately. Leaking can be a sign that that liner is cracked.
  • Cold Water – You’re not getting enough (or any) hot water. If your water is cold even after turning on the hot water tap, a heating element may be broken.
  • Loud or Knocking Noises – This is typically caused by sediment buildup. Residue can build up at the bottom of the tank, which can cause long-term uneven heating and pressure that damages the tank’s lining.
  • Rusty Water – Rust-colored water or water with a metallic odor means that either the anode rod needs to be replaced, or the tank itself is beginning to rust—a corroded tank must be replaced as soon as possible. In either case, it’s time to call a professional.
  • Cloudy Water – Cloudy water is usually a sign of sediment buildup in your water heater.
  • Increasing Bills – High or increasing water heater bills are often an indication that the unit is using more energy to provide the same amount of hot water than it used to.


New to Your Home?

New homeowners often find their water heater was installed years earlier and that there’s no documentation to go with it. This can make it challenging to gauge how old your water is, to say the least.

Luckily, there’s a “rule of thumb” trick that may help you determine the date of manufacture:

  • The first letter often indicates which month it was manufactured in: A = January. B = February, C = March and so on, all the way up to L for December.
  • The next two numbers indicate the year it was manufactured. For example, B20 would mean February 2020, A13 would mean January 2013, and so on.


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