We need our water heaters for far more than warm showers. Our everyday chores such as laundry and doing dishes are dependent on a fully functioning water heater. If you?re noticing some delays or plumbing issues with your hot water, it might be time to address those problems and consider replacing your current water heater.

While we?ve discussed how you can handle a broken water heater if you?d like to avoid these costly problems keep an eye out for the following signs.



Signs it?s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

While there are a few logical explanations to certain plumbing problems, sometimes these complications are a complete surprise. If you want to avoid a broken or damaged hot water heater, we?ve compiled a list of common warning signs that are great plumbing knowledge for every homeowner.

  • It?s An Older Tank
    • On average, a water heater can last ten to twenty years. Typically older units show signs of wear and tear such as lower energy efficiency, loud noises, and become problematic.
    • Every water heater is different so research yours accordingly. A tankless water heater might have a different lifespan compared to an electric water heater.
  • Discolored Water
    • Rust is a common sign of an older, damaged hot water heater. If rust has completely overtaken your water tank, your water will have an orange or red color.
  • Corrosion
    • Corrosion is another common sign of your heater?s age. It typically leaves extensive damage like build-up and rusting within your tank.
  • High Heat Bills
    • A large portion of the energy goes towards heating your water tank. If you notice a jump in your heating bills, but a decline in warm water, then it?s time to consider a new water heater.
  • Cooler Water Temperatures
    • If your showers are only generating cold water it?s one of the first signs of a damaged water heater. Your water supply should always remain warm.
  • Abnormal Noises
    • As our heaters age, your tank will begin to make unusual noises as the water supply warms. Sediment build-up is a common cause of abnormal noise, and also make it increasingly difficult for your tank to operate. If you don?t follow through with annual tank maintenance, sediment build-up can prematurely age your tank.



What Should You Do When It?s Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

If you?ve noticed some of the problems listed above, it?s time to contact a professional plumber for a consultation. Local plumbers will be able to install a water heater in no time, bringing back your peace of mind, and hot water supply. Whether you need a brand new gas or electric tank, Freedle Plumbing can replace your dated water heater quickly and efficiently.


If your gas water heater needs to be replaced, or you have other plumbing problems, make your first call to Freedle Plumbing. Our experienced technicians are familiar with various home plumbing issues and will assess the problem quickly. If you need annual plumbing services or an emergency plumber, just contact the experts at Freedle Plumbing.