Signs You Might Have to Replace Your Water Heater

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water heaterYour water heater might not be the most glamorous appliance in your home, but it is one of the most essential components of modern living. From ensuring you have hot water during a shower to providing temperate water to clean the dishes, your water heater works overtime to pump hot water throughout your home. Like other home appliances, your water heater will start to deteriorate with regular wear and tear throughout the years and eventually will break down. How do you know when it’s time for a hot water heater repair or replacement? Your water heater will display several clear signs when it needs replacing. It’s crucial to keep an eye out for these tell-tale signs to determine whether it’s time for a repair from a local plumber or a full replacement. 

No Hot Water

The most obvious sign of a failing water heater is a low volume of warm water or complete heat loss. If lukewarm showers are becoming the norm at your house, it might be time for a new water heater. Even if you’re okay with mild water, it will cost you extra money. The longer your water heater takes to heat your water, the higher your heating bill will climb.  

Increased Utility Bills

According to, hot water heating accounts for almost 20% of your home’s energy use. If your utility bills are higher than in previous years, have your water heater assessed by a professional local plumber to determine if a repair or replacement needs to be done.

Corrosion or Discoloration

Even though steel is the strongest material on Earth, it’s not indestructible and has a weakness; rust. Corrosion can eat through the steel in certain spots, and if your water heater or pipes are steel, rust will occur. If you turn on your tap or shower and see a reddish tint to the water, it signals the inside of your water heater is disintegrating. Your only option in this situation is to replace your heater as soon as possible. 

Frequent Repairs

Your water heater should not need to be fixed more than twice a year. If you’re constantly calling your plumber for water heater service, your heater needs to be replaced. Emergency repairs can be damaging and costly, especially if you make several calls a year. Avoid spending more money to make your old heater last longer and replace it with a new one. 

Water Leaks

If you spot puddles of water on the floor around your tank, it generally means one thing; you have a leak. A leaking water heater can indicate many problems, from loose valves to a corroded tank. If not handled appropriately, a leak could cause significant property damage. 

Equipment Age   

The average lifespan of a water heater is between ten and twelve years. If your water heater is older than that or hasn’t been replaced since you moved in, it’s usually best to install a new system. Aging water heaters produce less hot water, have leakage issues, and aren’t as efficient as newer models.  

Hot Water Heater Repair and Installation by Fosh Plumbing & Heating

Are you ready to schedule your water heater service with us? Our trained professionals are prepared to repair, replace, or maintain your water heater this season. Give us a call today at (610) 496-5700 for fast, reliable service, available 24/7.