4 Signs Your Water Heater Needs To Be Replaced

Here are 4 signs that your water heater may be ready for replacement!

Is your water heater about to fail? Usually you can tell that your water heater is on its last legs when you find soggy carpet or water running out from under the garage, but there are other ways to identify if your water heater needs to be replaced before it begins failing. It can be hard to tell, but there are a few signs to look out for.  

1. Age 

It’s important to know how old your water heater is. You can figure this out by looking for the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker on the top portion of the water heater. This number contains the date that the water heater was manufactured.  The number might read something like “C071063749”. C is the month, since C is the third letter of the alphabet, it represents the third month – March.  The next two numbers indicate the year. 07 = 2007. This means that the water heater was manufactured in March 2007. Nearly every water heater manufacturer has a similar date code, but they can vary, so check the manufacturer’s website for clarification.  

Most water heaters over 10 years of age should be replaced, especially if your water heater is in a location where it could potentially cause damage if it were to start leaking.   

2. Rust colored water 

If you find rusty water coming from your water heater that mostly comes from the hot side piping in your house, this can be an indication that your water heater is rusting inside and that it might start leaking soon.  

3. Strange noises 

As your water heater ages, sediment builds up on the bottom of the tank and, as it’s continually heated and reheated, it hardens. When this occurs, you might hear banging or rumbling sounds coming from the water heater as it heats up. The sediment inside of your tank makes your water heater less efficient (because it requires more electricity/gas to heat).  

4. Water 

If you come across moisture around your water heater, you might have a little leak or fracture in the tank. As the metal of the water heater heats, it expands and if there are any small fractures, water may leak out of the tank.  

Is your water heater failing? Contact A-Abel to come and service your water heater, today!  


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