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Signs Of Distress In An Aging Water Heater

As your water heater ages, it will start to show signs of corrosion and disrepair. Water heaters are good for approximately 10 to 13 years, depending on the brand, type and also luck. When your water heater nears this age, it’s a good idea to inspect your water heater on a regular basis. Knowing the signs of water heater distress may help you avoid a costly disaster:

Strange Noises

Water heaters make noises, such as the sound of gas flowing through pipes, even in their normal state. However, if your hot water heater has recently begun to make strange noises, like popping and cracking noises, this could be a sign of a mineral deposit build up. Over time, this problem will only become worse, reducing the efficiency of your hot water heater and forcing it to work harder than necessary to heat the water in your home.

Eventually, this process will wear down the water heater. Draining the water heater may help, but some old water heaters can’t easily be drained because the sediment inside can create blockages. In other words, if your water heater is old, this could be a sign that your water heater is in a downward spiral. 

Rusty Hot Water

Rusty water could be an indication that the pipes in your house are getting old, but rusty water could also point to a problem with your water heater. If your hot water has recently started to take on a reddish tinge, your water heater could be beginning to fail. 


Even a small leak is a dangerous thing for a hot water heater. Look for puddles beneath the water heater, corrosion and water dripping down the sides of the water heater. Don’t delay calling for water heater repair if your water heater is leaking–even just a few tablespoons. 

Burn Marks

Burn marks or signs of charring around the panel or access opening is an indication of a problem with the burner or flue. This may not be an indication of immediate failure, but is a sign that your water heater is starting to develop the many problems that will eventually lead to its demise. 

It’s a good idea to replace your water heater once it reaches the end of its expected lifespan, even if it hasn’t yet broken. However, if your water heater starts showing any symptoms of immanent failure, call a water heater repair person for a replacement immediately. To learn more, contact a company like Ace Plumbing, Heating and Air with any questions or concerns you have.

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