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6 Signs That Tell You the Water Heater Is About to Fail

A water heater gives off certain signs that tell you it is nearing the end. Here are some signs to watch out for with your water heater.

1. Nearing the End of Its Life Span

What you need to find is the date of manufacture for your unit. Water heaters have an installation date label, but you can also combine the brand name and the serial number to find the date. Start looking for a new heater if it is at least 10 to 15 years old or older.

2. No Hot Water

The quickest way to know your water heater is failing is a loss of hot water. You’ll notice it when the hot water faucet has the same temperature as the cold water faucet. Sometimes, parts like the heating element, valves, or thermostat may be faulty and need repairs. It’s also likely that the unit is failing, and you need a new one altogether.

3. Fluctuating Temperatures

The unit should generate consistent hot water temperatures throughout its use. A water heater producing inconsistent temperatures is just as bad as no hot water. Fluctuating temperatures could change from one minute to the next or decrease gradually. It could be the result of a faulty thermostat or sediment buildup.

4. Water Leaking From the Unit

If a plumber determines the leak is coming from the water heater tank, replacement is the only solution. While the structure may be airtight, a unit could leak from the seams. A leak shows the unit is deteriorating or has sediment buildup.

5. Making Lots of Noise

Water heaters rarely make noise, and it is concerning when they do. The popping, banging, knocking, or rumbling noises may warn you of pending failure, or the heater may just need a tune-up. A plumber will inspect the water heater to see if the noise is from sediment buildup or unit failure.

6. Discolored Water

The anode rod on the water heater protects your water from rust and corrosion. If that fails, you will see rusty, murky, or black-colored water from the hot water faucet. This can also mean the water heater tank is rusting simultaneously. If you catch this early, a plumber can install a new anode rod.

If you notice some of the above signs, it may be time to get a new water heater. A plumbing company like ours carries name-brand heaters in various sizes, and we can install them on the same day. However, if all your heater needs are some replacement parts, we can make repairs. Let us analyze your water heater to see what type of service it needs. Contact JW’s Plumbing in Indianapolis, IN for a water heater replacement or repair.