Signs Your Water Heater Might Need to be Replaced

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February 9, 2016

Problems that might indicate hot water heater is in need of replacement:

Age-A gas water heater can last anywhere from 8-12 years and an electric water heater can last anywhere from 10-15 years.

Cold Water-If your hot water heater is not producing hot water anymore.

Leaks/Crack-If you notice water or moisture around your hot water heater, it could mean there is a crack or a leak.

Noise -Over time, sediment builds up in your hot water heater. The sediment can cause noise such as rumbling or a gurgling sound.

Rusty Water-If you notice your water is a tinted color coming from the water heater it could mean your water heater is rusting away on the inside or that your home’s piping is rusty.

Some of these problems can be fixed, but once the age of your hot water heater gets up to 10 years, we recommend replacement.

Thinking you might need a new hot water heater? Call us at 610-494-1114 for pricing and more information!


34 Responses to “ Signs Your Water Heater Might Need to be Replaced ”

  1. I’ve noticed a few of the issues with our water heater that you listed here. Usually, it ‘s the lack of hot water in the shower on a cold winter morning for us! And it’s not because we share a water heater with neighbors. I appreciate the information you have provided – it helps me know what else to look for if the problem persists.

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your comment and for checking out our blog! If you ever have any question or concerns about your water heater, feel free to give us a call at 610-566-0900.

  2. Jade Brunet says:

    It is good to know that a gas water heater can last from eight to twelve years. Knowing that it is appropriate to replace the water heater after these years have passed is helpful. It would be good to check if there is a warranty on the water heater after purchasing.

  3. I appreciate your comment about how your hot water system should be looked at if there is any condensation on the heater itself from possible leaks. I didn’t know that your water could actually start coming out a different color from rust and that that is a sign that it definitely needs to be replaced. My parents’ are considering having their’s replaced because cold water comes out more often than hot water. Thanks for the tips, we will keep them in mind.

  4. I think we may need a new water heater. Our’s is about 9 years old, and it’s been having issues making hot water recently. It’s probably worth it to get a new one, right?

  5. john woods says:

    Good tips for looking for Signs our Water Heater Might Need a replacement. Enjoyed the write up. Thanks!

  6. Hector Uba says:

    Thanks for putting together this list of signs that your water heater may be in need of replacement. I never thought about noise being an indication of a water heater needing to be changed. My mom has been hearing things from her water heater and she has been wondering if she needs to get it looked at, I will be sure to share this with her.

  7. Thanks for putting together these tips. My water cylinder is showing some of these signs so I will investigate further.

  8. Andrew Agar says:

    helpful tips to have a better water heating experience by replacing the old one at right time.

  9. Michael Lee says:

    My wife and I just moved into a house and I noticed that the water heater makes noises somewhat frequently. I have also looked at the heater and saw that it is nine years old. It is good to know that it might be time to replace the hot water system since sediment has probably built up in it.

    • admin says:

      Yes, that definitely sounds like that could be happening. It’s always good to stay proactive and change out your water heater before a major leak happens that could potentially create a lot of damage in your home.

  10. KylePhan says:

    Great tip with insulating your older water heater. As soon as I get home tonight I am checking mine!

  11. Ellie Davis says:

    I liked that you mentioned one of the biggest signs that you need a new water heater is when you are not getting hot water. My husband and I moved to our new apartment and we noticed there is no hot water. I will let him know about your recommendations to understand when to repair our water heater.

  12. Zennat Sana says:

    helpful tips to have a better water heating experience by replacing the old one at right time.

  13. Tim Simms says:

    I enjoyed the post. As a fellow plumber, I agree with all the points, crazy how often we get called for “brown water”. Thanks for post!


    Owner, OPP

  14. Carolyn Gill says:

    Thanks for sharing these signs.

    My best friend in Chicago is looking for the best electrician and this blog can help him a lot. Thanks for sharing this informative article.
    Keep sharing articles like this.

  15. This morning I saw some weird colors in my water heater. You said that could be a result of rusty water. I’ll have a plumber come check it out immediately to make sure there is nothing wrong.

  16. john smith says:

    Great information! I read your articles and found the article is very informative! Thanks for sharing it.

  17. Max says:

    nice explain on water heater replacement, thanks for sharing…


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