4 Signs It May Be Time For a Water Heater 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 you need a water heater replacement before it begins failing. It can be hard to tell, but here are a few signs to look out for.  

The biggest indication you need a water heater replacement: 1. Age

It’s important to know how old your water heater is before you consider a water heater replacement. You can find 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 represents the month. Since C is the third letter of the alphabet, it represents the third month. In this example, this water heater was manufactured in March. 
  • The next two numbers indicate the year. 07 = 2007.
  • Using this method, we can determine that the water heater was manufactured sometime in March 2007.

Note: Nearly every water heater manufacturer has a similar date code, but they can vary. Check the manufacturer’s website for clarification to ensure this method works for your water heater replacement.  

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. If you notice rust colored water, you should consider having your unit serviced or look into a water heater replacement soon.

3. Strange noises 

Nope, it’s not a ghost making those weird noises in your utility room. 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? Are you thinking you may need to invest in a new water heater soon? Contact A-Abel to come out and service your water heater, today! If you’re looking for an upgrade, we’re also available to discuss various options suitable to your individual budget.