How to Know When Your Water Heater is Nearing the End

April 27, 2016
Anthony Elio


Your water heater does a lot of work for you. Between providing warm showers and clean dishes, you need your water heater staying strong all year long. However, are you beginning to suspect your home’s unit of wearing down? While it’s not always easy to monitor the performance of your water heater, you’re better off safe than sorry. Take a look at some of these tips to catch your water heater before it completely fails on you.

Loud Noises:

A major factor to be aware of is the amount of noise coming from your water heater. Have you noticed your unit rumbling louder than usual? Or perhaps short bursts of loud noises? This could be due to a number of factors, as everything from sediment building up to a pressure overload can cause strange sounds to come from your water heater.

Rusty/Metallic Water:

The water itself can be another telling sign that your water heater is nearing the end of its lifespan. Simply take a look at some of the water that comes from your home’s unit. Does it appear to have a rust-colored appearance? This can be a sign that the appliance is beginning to wear down. Other factors such as a muddy appearance or even a rusty metallic aroma can be potential warning signs.

Leaking Water:

Perhaps the most dangerous sign of water heater failure is a noticeable amount of moisture coming from the unit. Besides being a telling sign of the need for action, leaking can cause serious damage to your home if left uninspected. Inspecting your water heater for any leakage periodically can save you a ton of hassle and money down the road.

One major way to avoid these issues with your water heater is to make sure you register the appliance with Home Recalls. Water heaters generally need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, meaning you should be aware of your unit’s original manufacturing date. We can help you determine how old the appliance is, as well as keep you informed if a recall is announced.