3 Signs You Need a New Water Heater

November 12, 2020

Signs you need a new water heater

Think you may need a new tank water heater but want to be sure before replacing your current system? 

We’ll start off by saying that if your water heater is over 10 years old, it’s time to consider replacing it. Water heaters typically last 8-12 years, so if your water heater is at this age and you’re experiencing issues with it, it's probably time to replace it. 

There are a variety of signs that indicate your tank water heater may be on its last legs. However, here are three of the most important signs to look for to determine if it's time to replace your water heater:

  • Your water heater is leaking

  • You notice rust-colored water

  • Your water heater isn’t able to provide enough heated water Below, we’ll look at each of these signs in more detail, so you can get a better idea of whether or not it’s time to replace your tank water heater.

Need a professional’s opinion? We’d be happy to help! We know how important your water heater is to everyday activities, and if you do need a new water heater, we’d love to help you find the perfect solution for your home. Learn more about the tank water heater installation services we offer or schedule service

Sign #1: Water heater is leaking

If the actual tank of your water heater is leaking, you have no choice but to replace your water heater. 

Unfortunately, a leaking water heater tank usually means there are cracks in the tank or the tank has rusted to the point of leaking. 

What causes your tank water heater to leak?

Your water tank is made of metal, and when it heats water, that metal expands and contracts. Over time, this can cause small fractures in the tank that lead to leaks. 

Unfortunately, if the actual tank of your water heater is cracked or leaking, there’s no option but to replace the tank. Keep in mind that these fractures usually take a long time to develop, so if your water heater is leaking from the tank, it likely means other parts of your water heater have begun to (or have) worn out as well and it’s time to replace your entire heater.

Note: Sometimes homeowners think their water heater tank is leaking when it’s actually another part of the water heater leaking (like the water inlet or outlet valves near the top of the tank). Before installing a new water heater, you’ll probably want to have a plumber confirm that your water heater is leaking from the tank and needs to be replaced. 

Sign #2: You notice rust-colored or cloudy water

If you notice cloudy or rust-colored water coming out of your faucets or shower heads, this is usually a good indication that your tank is starting to rust from the inside. Over time, the steel lining on the inside of your tank will start to corrode, which will make its way into the heated water that flows to your home’s appliances.

To determine whether the rust-colored water is coming from your hot water heater, try filling a bucket with hot water. If after sitting for a minute the hot water is cloudy or has an orange tint, there is probably rust in your water heater.

Note: If your water heater is less than 8 years old, the rust could just be from an anode rod that simply needs to be replaced. Before replacing your entire water heater, we’d suggest having a plumber check your tank and determine whether the issue is corroded lining or if it's just a rusted anode rod that needs to be replaced. 

Sign #3: Water heater isn’t able to provide enough heated water

If you notice that your water heater is struggling to provide your home’s hot water appliances with heated water, that’s usually a good sign that your water heater needs to be replaced.

Over time, the internal components of your water heater start to break down and don't work as efficiently as they are supposed to. Ultimately this means your hot water heater will be unable to produce the amount of hot water it used to (and needs to in order to adequately supply your home). 

If your water heater is older and is unable to adequately supply your home with hot water, you’ll need to reach out to a professional for help. A professional will be able to figure out what size water heater you should install so that all of your home’s appliances have enough hot water to keep you comfortable. 

Ready to install a new water heater? Hire the best plumbers in Southwest Florida: Advanced Air!

If you need to replace your tank water heater, you want a team of trained experts to help you correctly remove your old heater, properly size your replacement heater and install it expertly. At Advanced Air, we’ll do exactly that. And, if for some reason you’re not happy with your new tank water heater, we’ll remove it for free.