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Is it Time To Change Your Water Heater?

Updated: Mar 4, 2021

It’s every homeowner’s nightmare – waking up and finding 50 gallons of water all over the floor – a result of a burst hot water heater.

Hot water heater hooked up in basement

The importance knowing about your water heater can help divert a disaster in the future. Keeping your water heater maintained on a regular basis, flushing the system and general upkeep can help prolong the life of your water heater. There are, however, several signs that it’s ready to be replaced. Seeing these signs and taking action before anything happens can save thousands of dollars in plumbing bills and water damage repair.


A decent quality water heater should usually last on average at least 8-10 years.


If you see water leaks or puddles around the water heater, there might be a leak in the tank that needs to be dealt with—immediately. Small fissures can lead to larger cracks.

Rusty or Cloudy Water

Another warning sign is when the water coming out of the faucets is not clear. Rust deposits or a metallic odor coming out with hot water can be from rusty pipes but can also mean the inside of the water heater is corroding.

Hot Water Shortage

The struggle to get hot – rather than warm – water from the tap is another sign that your tank is ready to go.

Varying Water Temperature

Sudden or constant temperature changes, from hot to cold (or warm) can also be a sign that your water heater is aging and weakening.

Making Strange Noises

If you hear popping or rumbling noises coming from the water heater, that may be a sign that it’s close to failure.

water on floor in basement
Water Leaking from Hot Water Heater

If you see any or more than one of the above signs, DO NOT TO WAIT to replace it! Although it can be a big expense, have a plumber install a new water heater as soon as possible. However, if you don’t catch your water heater in time, Dry Master Restorations is always available – 24/7 – and will work with your insurance to remove the water, dry out the area and clean up the damage.

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