5 Signs Your Water Heater May Need to Be Replaced


When your water heater is working properly, your family can easily carry on with their regular daily activities without any unnecessary disruptions. On the other hand, when the water heater is not functioning properly as it should, the entire family will feel the pain.

Since hot running water is essential for many different purposes and reasons, you need to pay special attention to what your water heater is doing. Here are 5 common signs that indicate when your water heater needs to be replaced.

1. Signs of Aging – It’s Getting Too Old to be Dependable

You may or may not know that every appliance in your home has an average life expectancy. Based on the manufacturer and the models that you purchase, the age requirements for lasting before it breaks down can vary greatly from one to another.

Simply put, the water heater in your home has an average life expectancy that you need to track annually, especially if you want to identify when it is nearing the time of replacement (i.e. 5 years, 6 years, 10 years etc.). Also, you need to know this information for the following reasons:

  • Gives you time to devise a plan to pay for the expenses
  • Provides you with an opportunity to look for a new affordable energy-efficient water heater that meets or exceeds your requirements
  • Avoid major risks of the heater breaking down and causing the family mayhem

According to Parker Plumbing, many of today’s water heaters are expected to last for about 8 to 10 years. If you know its age, you can check the serial number (it looks like G061193740, D041069367,  I071047856) on your model to determine the year that it was made.

2. Signs of a Bad Water Pump

Whenever the water pump on your water heater is about to go bad, you will see some signs and symptoms that you can easily recognize. Here are some of the most common signs that your water pump is beginning to fail:

  • Disturbing noises
  • Rust in the water or inside of the tank
  • Water remains cold or lukewarm

3. Loud Disturbing Noises that Come from the Water Heater

If you want to avoid problems with certain appliances in your home, you need to take the necessary precautions when you start hearing strange noises. This is especially the case when you hear grumblings and strange noises coming from your water heater’s tank.

Similar to recognizing the sounds that come from your stomach when it is time to eat, you need to pay special attention to the signs of an ailing water heater. Even though the reasons for these symptoms can differ based on what is actually going on (rusty valves or rusty pipes), these are some of the more common signs that the unit needs to be replaced.

4. Tank Size is not Longer Large Enough

As the numbers in your household grow, you may find that there are also some inherent changes that need to be made. Some of these changes may not be apparent until you hit the wall in attempting to address and repair various related issues.

For instance, if your household numbers increase from 2 to 6 persons over the years, there is a very good chance that your water heater will meet and exceed its intended capacity. To meet this new increase in demands for your present household, you may find that it is time to invest in a new larger size tank and have it installed for your family.

5. Family begins to Notice Leaks Under the Tank that Begins to Get Bigger

As your water tank becomes closer and closer to the climax of its life expectancy, your family will most likely begin to notice puddles of water under its tank.

Unfortunately, if these issues are not addressed early on, you may also find that there is a significant amount of property damage involved as well. This is normally the case when these small leaks graduate to serious leaks that need to be solved by replacing the water heater unit.