7 Signs Your Water Heater is About to Croak

A durable and reliable water heater is a must-have in any home. You might not give them much thought, but when signs of trouble appear, it’s critical to pay close attention and call your professional service to assess whether your heating system needs repair or replacement. Here’s a list of the seven warning signs that your water heater is about to croak. 


When is it time to replace my water heater?


1. Dirt/rust deposits in your water

If you see dirty or rust-coloured water coming out of your water taps, it may be time to replace your water heater. Rust is a sure sign of internal tank corrosion that inevitably leads to cracks and leaking soon after. Seeing rust outside of your tank means it is highly likely that there is already rust on the inside. 

However, rust in the water doesn’t always necessitate heater replacement. The zinc anode rod inside the heater exists to attract the inevitable corrosion that takes place when metal and water mix. This rod can also wear out over time which leads to rusty water. 

Contact Northern Beaches Blocked Drains to inspect and assess whether you need a simple replacement of the anode rod or the entire heater.


2. You run out of hot water

If your hot water runs out on you mid-shower, it may be time to replace your water heater. With age, water heaters become increasingly inefficient at heating water due to sediment build-up.

However, if your water heater is still relatively new, Northern Beaches Blocked Drains can assess if the problem is a broken heating element that can easily be replaced. Determining this will spare you the hassle of needing to replace your heater with an entirely new one. 

It’s also possible that the problem may be that the water heater unit is too small to accommodate the entire household’s needs. If multiple people are using the hot water or consumption has increased, it may be time to upgrade to a bigger unit.


3. The hot water tank is leaking

Leaks may develop over time as water tanks continually heat and cool. If you spot a significant amount of water pooled around the base of your heater, normal condensation is an unlikely culprit, and it may be time to replace it. Have a qualified professional inspect that leak before small cracks get worse and burst. 

It is essential to do the following steps if you see your water heater leaking: 

  1. Immediately turn off the water heater 
  2. Turn off the water valve that leads to the tank, and 
  3. Directly contact a professional plumber 


4. Strange noises

While it is not uncommon for odd noises to come out of your water heater, hearing tapping, popping, banging, or unusual sounds can be a cause for concern. There’s a high probability that you have sediment build-up in your pipes which can create leaks that will mark the end of your appliance. It might be the signal to call your plumber for professional draining. 


5. The water heater is old

If your water heater is even older and more historic than your long-running favourite series (we’re talking double digits years), it may be time to replace it. Water heaters commonly have an average lifespan of about 8-15. Any unit over a decade old is in its twilight. 

If you’re hesitant to give up your appliance, it might be good to consider that newer appliances are far more durable and energy-efficient. Contact your utility company for information on special offers for purchasing discounts or rebates and installation promos.


6. The water heater needs frequent repairs

If your water heater regularly needs repairs and maintenance to run correctly, it may signal that your water heater is about to give up the ghost. The accruing repair cost can add up quickly, and replacing it with a new water heater may be more cost-effective. 


7. Sediment or sand build-up in your hot water tank

Muddy or sandy water is a sign of sediment build-up at the bottom of your hot water tank. It’s possible to clean out the sediment yourself or call your hot water specialist. If additional problems like leaks appear, it’s best to call a professional to replace your water heater.


Noticing any of these red flags should be your signal to call a professional hot water technician to assess the condition of your heating system. Northern Beaches Blocked Drains will make a thorough diagnosis to recommend the most ideal and cost-effective solution for your needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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