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4 Signs Your Water Heater May Need to Be Replaced

You water heater is an appliance that can last for years, yet daily usage will take its toll and your water heater will eventually need to be replaced. Here are four indicators to watch out for so that you have plenty of time to repair or update your system before a malfunction leaves you in the cold.


If your water heater is approaching 10 years old then you should consider getting it professionally inspected to determine whether or not it needs to be replaced. If you’re not sure of its age, look for the manufacturer’s label on the upper part of the water heater. This label will feature the serial number for the unit and a date code for when it was made. Visit the manufacturer’s website to help you decode the serial number and determine the date your water heater was manufactured.

Less Hot Water

A sure sign that your water heater is wearing out is when it starts producing less hot water or none at all. This issue could be caused by several factors. Over time, sediment can build up in the tank, reducing the volume of hot water available for your home. Another common problem is that the heating element or burner components start to fail and are unable to heat the water to the desired temperature.

Leakage & Rust

Leakage and rust are two common signs that it’s time to consider the purchase of a new water heater. If you turn on the hot water and it looks brownish-red, or you find water pooling on the floor around the heater, these indicate that the inner tank seal has failed.

High Energy Costs

Older water heaters are less efficient and upgrading to a newer model, such as a hybrid or tankless water heater, can really help cut energy costs. Circulation pumps, mixing valves and timers can also help reduce water waste, as you’ll no longer have to keep the tap running constantly, waiting for the hot water to arrive.  

Best Plumbing is always happy to help homeowners and businesses with all of their plumbing needs. Call us today if you think your water heater needs an inspection or that you might benefit from a system upgrade. Our expert plumbers will come out and help you determine the best solution for your needs and budget.

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