5 Signs Your Water Heater May Need To Be Replaced

Do you notice it? That giant metal tank in the farthest corner of your home. Tucked away, invisible to most, and only acknowledged when something goes wrong. For years it stands there alone, always on, turning cold water to hot and providing you with pleasant to the touch water at the turn of a knob all through the house. Until... it doesn't.


So how do you know when your Water Heater needs a hand? Is it just asking for attention, or did that puddle on the floor indicate your Water Heater's soul has left it's body? If you want to live in harmony with that big metal jug, here are a few things to watch out for:

5 Signs Your Water Heater May Need To Be Replaced

  1. Cold Showers: Shorter hot water duration during a shower. Sudden cold water that doesn’t heat - check the Pilot Light before calling the plumber.

  2. Weird Noises: Rambling or bumping noises emanating from the water heater coupled with an advanced age may indicate sediment being boiled.

  3. Discolored Water: Copper tinged water or dark specs indicate sediment coming out of the water heater. Sediment can clog fixtures throughout the house.

  4. Bad Smelling/Tasting Water: Metallic taste or smell may signal the water heater needs service.

  5. Leaks: Rusted base with moisture, drips, or puddles around the water heater are an emergency situation. Imagine dumping bathtub full of water in the area of your water heater.


Water Heaters are one of the biggest energy consumers in the home. Though they may not be the most esthetically pleasing, a little attention for the big guy goes a long way. Proper maintenance will lessen your electric bill, keep your water clear of debree and polutants, and keep you prociding you with those warm showers for years to come.

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