Regularly checking your water heater to ensure that it’s in proper working condition is vital to protecting your home from the problems that can arise when a water heater breaks. Contrary to what you may think, a broken water heater will not just deliver cold water to your water fixtures. A broken water heater can cause small or large leaks, the inner lining of your tank can deteriorate which could cause rust to contaminate your water, and if you’re particularly unlucky, your water heater tank can burst and cause major flooding. There are certain signs you can look for in order to avoid dealing with a broken hot water heater. Today, we’d like to go over what our plumbers in Chino at Complete Plumbing & Rooter would like you to know about when to replace your hot water heater.

How You Can Tell It’s Time To Replace Your Hot Water Heater

#1. Your hot water heater has not been replaced in 15 years.

Most hot water heaters last around 10 to 15 years. If your hot water heater is around this age, or if you’re not sure how old your hot water heater is, you’ll want to thoroughly examine your water heater to see how well it’s working. You can find the age of your water heater by checking the serial number on the tank. Typically, the serial number will start with a letter, and the two numbers following the letter will be the year the hot water heater was made. You can check the manufacturer’s website to see if their date code differs.

#2. Water from your faucets is rusty when you use the hot water.

As mentioned above, when your hot water heater is failing or has broken, you may come to find that rusty water is coming out of your faucets when you use the hot water. However, rusty water may also be an indicator of rusty pipes. In order to determine if the rusty water is being caused by your hot water heater, you can drain water from your hot water heater into buckets. Once you’ve drained about 10 gallons of water, if all of the water has come out rusty, your hot water heater is likely at fault and needs to be replaced.

#3. Your hot water heater is making unsettling noises.

It’s normal for household machinery to make noise, however, you should not hear rumbling and banging noises from your hot water heater. If strange noises are coming from your water heater, it is likely due to sediment on the bottom of the tank that has built up over time. When the sediment is heated over and over, it begins to harden. This will not only cause noise to occur, but it will also make your hot water heater less efficient and it can cause the metal in the tank to crack, leading to holes in the tank.

#4. There is water at the base of your hot water heater.

Noticing a small leak from your hot water heater could be considered lucky when you think about all of the other things that can happen when your hot water heater fails. Small leaks or fractures can occur due to the metal expanding as it’s warming up to heat the water. You’ll probably notice that the leak stops after the tank has cooled. Just because the leak may not be constant does not mean you can ignore it. This is the time to call a plumber before things get worse.

Don’t wait for something major to happen with your hot water heater before you have it checked or decide to replace it. Call Complete Plumbing & Rooter today to schedule an appointment with one of our trusted plumbers in Chino. We can help you determine if it’s time to replace your hot water heater.