When Should You Replace Your Water Heater?

Most people don’t think about their water heater until it breaks. There are some telltale signs that your water heater needs to be replaced, but since your unit is hidden away in your basement, you probably never look. Out of sight, out of mind. Here are four signs you should look out for that can help you avoid a disaster.


How old is your water heater? The life span of a typical water heater is about 10 years, so the best course of action is simply to replace a heater that is 10 years old or older before it starts to cause problems.

Don’t know the age of your water heater? Check the serial number on the manufacturers’ sticker, particularly the first three digits. The first letter corresponds to the month. The letter A will stand for January, B is for February and so on. The second two digits are the year. For example, the serial number “C061052638” tells us that the water heater was installed in March of 2006.

Strange Noises

If you start to hear a rumbling noise coming from your water heater, it’s a sign that sediment buildup has begun to harden. This means that your heater is less efficient and more likely to start leaking.

Rusty Water

If rusty water begins coming out of your faucet from the hot water piping only, it is a sign that the inside of your hot water heater tank is rusting away from the inside. To ensure that it’s not just rusty pipes causing the problem, drain a few buckets of water from your heater. If it still comes out rusty after a few buckets, you probably need a new heater.


Check for moisture or pools of water around the tank. A leaky tank is a definite sign that you need to replace your water heater right away.

For water heater installation in Yorktown, VA and the surrounding areas, contact Comfortable Climate Heating & Air Conditioning at CCAirAndHeat.com, today.

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