8 Signs that its Time to Replace Your Home’s Water Heater

Do you have an unpleasant, plumber-y scent in your home? Does water from the sink suddenly not come out clear anymore but instead appear murky and brownish like coffee with milk or tea that has been sitting for too long? If so, it may be time for water heater replacement. There are many signs that indicate a need for a new one. In this blog post, we will discuss eight of them–signs which include odor leaks as well as sounds coming from the tank when running.


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Your water heater has problems with leaks and drips

Leaks and drips are one of the most common reasons for water heater replacement. These problems can be caused by a variety of issues, such as clogged screens in the tank or faulty drain valves. While the drain valves are supposed to prevent excessive water from backing up into your home, it’s possible for them to fail.

You’ve been experiencing low water pressure

If you’ve been noticing a low flow of water or problems with the hot water, it may be time to replace your water heater. This could be caused by sediment buildup in the tank that is causing damage to pipes and restricting the flow.

You’re not getting enough hot water from your faucet

Are you only getting a trickle of hot water from your faucet or the shower head? If so, it may be time to contact plumber for an estimate on replacement. You can also check if you have sediment buildup in your tank by opening up the cold water and watching what comes out.

If all is clear then check your pressure gauge; this will tell you if the problem is with your hot water line.

Rust and lime buildup

Another sign that indicates it’s time to replace the water heater in your home is when brownish-black sediment and corrrosion appears at the bottom of sinks or showers and starts clogging up faucets. This sediment is typically caused by rust or lime buildup. If you notice this happening, have the plumber come out and inspect your water heater–it may be time to replace it!

Leaks can happen for many reasons – most commonly they occur due to corrosion, but they can also be a sign of other problems.

It’s an old water heater

If your water heater is over ten years old or has been in use for more than 60,000 hours (equivalent to almost 20 years), it may need replacing soon. Most home water heaters last between eight and 12 years, depending on water temperatures and usage. If yours is approaching the end of its life cycle, you might be wondering how a tankless heater could benefit your household.  Old water heaters are less efficient and have higher energy costs- not to mention they have a higher risk of causing water leaks!

It’s making strange noises when it runs

When your water heater is making strange noises when it runs, it could be a sign that the tank needs to be replaced. If you hear clanging or banging sounds coming from the water heater’s relief valve in particular, this can signal an imminent failure of the system and require immediate attention from plumbers who have experience with these types of jobs.

Another noise to watch out for is an unusual amount of hissing that’s coming from the pipes. This can indicate a water leak or something more serious, like corrosion in the system. If you notice this type of thing happening around your water heater, plumbers with experience working on these systems will be able to figure out what needs to be done.

It’s giving off strange smells

It may be time to replace a water heater is an unpleasant plumber smell. This can happen when the pipes are old and leaky or if they’re made of metal instead of plastic. The odor gets into your home’s air ducts and lingers all day–even if you run the furnace.

If you notice that your water smells like rotten eggs, it could be an indication of something much more serious going on with the tank and other components in the system. This type of issue is usually caused by bacteria or sediment build-up in the water heater, which may require a plumber to come out and assess. If left untreated, this can lead to corrosion and other issues with your system.

If your plumber is always coming out to fix an odor problem, it may be time for a new water heater.

You have had to use a lot of more hot water than before

It may be time to replace the water heater in your home if you’ve had to use a lot more hot water than before. You can also check for leaks under sinks, near appliances or around plumbing fixtures as well as flickering lights and an increase in utility bills. Other signs that it’s time include rust on pipes, dripping faucets and a shower that won’t get hot.

Your water heater may be on its last leg and need to be replaced. The best way to know for sure is by having a professional come out, diagnose the problem, and give you an estimate. If your old water heater has been giving off strange smells or making sounds that don’t sound normal it will probably need to be replaced soon. Leaks can also cause serious damage if they’re not fixed right away so if you’ve noticed any of these signs in addition to low hot water pressure then it’s time for a new one before we have problems with leaks or drips!


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