How to know it’s time to get a new water heater

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How to know it’s time to get a new water heater

If you are still using a water heater that is more than 10 years old, it may be time to start looking for a new one. Old, outdated water heaters typically have lower efficiencies and don’t supply the same level of hot water as newer models. Continue reading as we will discuss what factors play into determining when your water heater should be replaced and how to find the perfect replacement for your home!

Shower running with cold water

Water's not so hot anymore

If your hot water doesn't last as long or if your water is not as hot as you remember it being, your water heater may be on it's final leg. Water heaters typically last around 6-12 years and tankless much longer. That said, if your water heater falls into that timeframe and it's not heating water the way you'd expect, it's close to its end of time and you need to start thinking about a replacement.

Water heater leaking water out the bottom


your tank is probably cracked or your relief valve is not working properly. If you notice any of these signs, hopefully your water heater is downstairs. regardless of where it is located, shut off the water going into your water heater immediately and call a plumber. Leaks often lead to a water heater replacement.

Faucet with rusty water running

Rusty Water

If you notice rusty water coming from your faucet when it's hot, you may have an issue. A corroded tank must be replaced immediately as that water will be unsafe to use. Sometimes Rusty water or metallic smelling water can be a more simple fix but many times it's just best to replace the unit all together.

Water heater in basement

Noises from tank

If you notice knocking noises coming from your water heater you may have some sediment build up within your tank. This does not mean you need a replacement but you should absolutely flush your water heater to remove any of those sediments before they cause serious damage. If ignored this can lead to issues so call a local plumber to properly flush and maintain your water heater.

There are fixes to water heaters although if your unit is over 10 years old and giving cold water preparing for a replacement is the safest move.

In summary, if you notice any of the above signs of water heater failure you may be faced with replacing your water heater. That said, there are fixes to water heaters although if your unit is over 10 years old a replacement is many times the best course of action. If you're experiencing any of these issues or would like to trust a plumber in the Dane County area to inspect your water heater, give Cooper Plumbing a call. We're a 3rd generation, family owned business and love helping our local community with their plumbing needs.

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