Water Heaters7 Signs You Need A New Water Heater


A water heater is one of those appliances that people don’t see the need to replace at intervals. In fact, many people prefer spending money fixing it so they can make the most out of the appliance, rather than replacing it.

But the reality is, a heater won’t last forever and will need to be replaced once it goes beyond its average lifespan.

Wondering what this average lifespan is and the point at which your water heater needs to be changed? We put together 7 signs that indicate the replacement of your heater is necessary. Here they are:

It is very old

This means you’ve been using your water heater for more than 12 years. An average water heater isn’t made to survive more than 15 years of use –except you have a tankless water heater, which can last up to 20 years. This lifespan may even reduce if the amount of hot water your household uses is beyond average.

You can check out your water heater’s lifespan in the user manual or ask a professional plumbing installation and repair franchise to determine the time frame for you.

You don’t have to wait until your water heater gives up on you while having a shower. Change it as soon as you can!

It starts to leak

A good water heater doesn’t leak or show the water it contains from merely looking at it. However, suppose this isn’t the case, and you begin to notice puddles around your heater even when it isn’t turned on. Then, it might be an indication that you need to replace it.

Water heater maintenance may not get rid of the leaks and may reduce the quality of water in it. If proper care isn’t taken, it could lead to a serious problem, such as a sudden tank burst.

What you should do is turn off the water heater, close the cold water valve feeding the tank, and contact a plumbing service to get a new one. If you reside in Charlotte, North Carolina, you can contact Superior Plumbing and Drains, LLC.

It starts to make abnormal noise

Note that unimpaired water heaters don’t make abnormal popping noises. Whenever you hear cracks and pops from your heater, it’s an indication that something is wrong with it.

Most of the time, the popping sound indicates mineral sediment build-ups in your water heater.

Impurities such as dissolved calcium and magnesium salt from hard water can settle down to create a scale in your water heater. This scale forms a barrier in the heater and eventually causes it to overheat. Excessive overheating can lead to a sudden leak or burst of the entire tank.

The best thing to do when you begin to hear constant weird noise from your water heater is to stop using it as soon as you can and make replacement plans right away.

It gets frequently repaired

Repairs are necessary, no doubt. However, when you have to repair your water heater almost every time because it keeps breaking or leaking, you know it’s time to shift gears and replace it. Any appliance in a good state shouldn’t have to be at the repairer’s too often.

Constant repairs mean only one thing — you’ll continue to make repairs until one day, you can repair it no more. It’s better to invest the money used for repairs into the purchase of a replacement.

It gives rusty and colored water

Water is a colorless liquid. However, with a bad water heater, the story might be a little different. When you start getting a rusty brown colored water from your water heater, it may imply that there’s a problem with it. Your water heater will give discolored water if the tank is corroded or the or the anode is worn out. Contacting a professional and replacing the water heater is the best thing to do when you have a corroded tank.

It gives reduced intensity or no hot water at all

Of what use is a water heater that doesn’t supply hot water? Pretty useless, maybe. If you begin to get lukewarm water or no hot water at all from your water heater, then you sure know your heater has a problem. Usually, this can happen as a result of two things. First, there’s a misadjusted thermostat or broken element somewhere, or simply that your heater isn’t good anymore. With the former, water heater maintenance can fix the problem. But with the latter, there’s nothing you can do other than to replace it with a new one.

Even if you’re able to manage the other signs of a bad heater for a while, it’s hardly possible for you to work with a heater that doesn’t supply hot water. Hardly.

It starts to smell

Another property of water? It’s odorless! However,  if water from your heater gives a metallic smell (or taste), then you know something isn’t right. Grits and flakes inside the tank may cause the heater to smell. When this happens, a water heater replacement is the next line of action.

New Water Heater Repair and Water Heater Installation in Charlotte, NC

If there’s a list of things you can do without, water is absolutely not on the list. Constant repairs of your water heater will not always be the solution to your water heater problems. Sometimes, you just need to man up and make those changes.

With over 30 years of experience and knowledge in plumbing services, Superior Plumbing and Drains, LLC offers reliable and friendly consultations and installation services for residential and commercial buildings. Specially, we offer a 24/7 emergency service to fix and install water heaters with a one year guarantee.

To get the best plumbing offers in the business and get your water heater supply running again, contact us today by giving us a call at (704) 289-6858 if you live in the Monroe/Charlotte area or (704) 813-2888 if you live in the Gaston area!


  • Thomas Clarence

    October 15, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    It’s great that this article explained that popping sounds are a sign that your furnace is building up minerals and needs to be replaced. This past weekend, I was staying at my in-laws home when I noticed that their furnace was making some strange sounds early in the mornings. I am going to have to mention to them that they are going to want to have their furnace looked at.


  • Victoria Addington

    October 19, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    It’s good that you listed the signs that indicate I need a new hot water system. Since the old one got damaged, I am hoping to find the best heater that fits our needs at home. Just like you mentioned, it started making a strange noise when I open it which means that the system is faulty. Hopefully, I can find an experienced plumber that can offer installation service.


  • Kate Hansen

    October 28, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    It’s good to know that you should get a new one if you have been using your current one for more than 12 years. My sister was telling me a couple of weeks ago about how her water heater hasn’t been working as well as it should, and that it’s about 15 years old, and she was wondering if she should look into getting a new one installed. I’ll make sure to pass these tips along to her so that she can look into hiring a plumber that can install a new water heater for her.


  • Alice Carroll

    October 29, 2020 at 4:40 am

    It’s helpful to know that rust is a major indicator that I will need water heater replacement services soon. My husband noticed that our tub had a tinge of rusty particles on it when he drained it so I think that’s a good indication that it might have come from the water heater. We better have it replaced soon since we will surely need hot water in order to comfortably take baths in the winter.


  • Kate Hansen

    July 27, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    It’s good to know that something is wrong if you hear a cracking noise coming from your water heater. My husband and I have noticed a cracking noise coming from our water heater for the past couple of weeks, and we were wondering if that was a sign that something is wrong. We’ll have to look into hiring a plumber to come and see if we need to get a new water heater installed for our home.


  • Eli Richardson

    December 16, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    I’m glad you talked about water heaters and how to identify a damaged one! Recently, my wife and I tried to use our water heater, but since it didn’t work, we think there’s something wrong with it. We’re not sure if we’ll need to replace our water heater, so we’ll look for a plumber’s help immediately! Thanks for the advice on how water heaters should not leak at all!


  • Thomson Smith

    January 10, 2022 at 4:58 am

    Thank you for pointing out that it is essential to have your home’s water heater replaced if it is leaking. My water heater started leaking last week, so I’m thinking about hiring a plumber to replace it for me as soon as possible. I’m going to search for a good plumber in my area that offers water heater replacement services to hire.


  • Olivia Smart

    January 26, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Thank you for explaining that if you are frequently needing to repair your water heater, it might be time to get it replaced. My daughter has been telling me that she needs to get her water heater fixed again and I feel like it’s been happening a lot recently. I’ll be sure to mention this to her and see if she feels like it’s time to get it replaced.


  • Braden Bills

    February 24, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    The water in my home has been taking a long time to heat up, and I’m not sure what to do about it. My system is really old, so it makes sense that I might want to get a professional to help me get that replaced. That way, I won’t have to worry about doing any repairs any time soon.


  • Thomson Smith

    April 14, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    It’s valuable that you mention that you should have your home’s water heater replaced if it has begun to leak. My water heater started leaking last week, so I should probably hire a plumber to replace it on Monday. I’m going to search for a reputable plumber in my area that offers water heater replacement services.


  • Charlotte Fleet

    May 12, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    Thanks for explaining how a water heater that does not produce hot water anymore and is simply not good needs to be replaced. The water in my house will not get hot anymore and our water heater cannot be fixed. We will have to invest in a new water heater as soon as we can so can have warm water again.


  • Afton Jackson

    June 27, 2022 at 3:10 am

    Rusty water has been appearing from our heater for a while now, and I can’t seem to figure out what has been causing it. I used to think this was just something that would go away after the water cycles for a few days, but this doesn’t seem to go away no matter what we do. I’ll have a plumber replace this unit as soon as possible before this causes inconvenience for anyone else.


  • Thomson Smith

    August 10, 2022 at 3:19 am

    Thanks for pointing out that it is crucial to have a new water heater installed if your old one is leaking. I have noticed that my house’s water heater has been leaking since last week, so I’m considering hiring a professional to install a new one for me tomorrow. I’m going to look for a good provider of water heater installation services in my area to employ.


  • Thomson Smith

    October 4, 2022 at 12:38 am

    It’s great that you point out that it’s important to have your water heater replaced if it starts to leak. I noticed that my water heater has been leaking for the past several weeks, so I should probably hire someone to replace it as soon as possible. I’m going to look for a reputable business that offers water heater replacement services in the area to hire.


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