When to Consider Water Heater Replacement


A reliable water heater is essential for the comfort and convenience of any home. Over time, however, even the best water heaters can wear out and become inefficient. Knowing when to replace your water heater can save you from unexpected breakdowns and high energy bills. Here’s a comprehensive guide on when to consider water heater replacement, brought to you by Atlanta Plumbing & Drain.

Signs You Need a Water Heater Replacement

  1. Age of the Water Heater
    • Most water heaters have a lifespan of 8-12 years. If your unit is within this range or older, it's time to start considering a replacement. Older units are more prone to failures and less efficient compared to newer models.
  2. Inconsistent or Insufficient Hot Water
    • If you're frequently running out of hot water or if the water temperature fluctuates, it may indicate that your water heater is no longer functioning efficiently. Sediment buildup in the tank can reduce its heating capacity.
  3. Rusty Water
    • If you notice rust-colored water coming from your faucets, it could be a sign that the interior of your water heater tank is corroding. Rusty water can also be due to corroding pipes, so it’s important to diagnose the source accurately.
  4. Strange Noises
    • As water heaters age, sediment builds up at the bottom of the tank. When the sediment is heated and reheated, it hardens, causing rumbling or banging noises. This not only reduces efficiency but can also cause damage to the tank.
  5. Leaks
    • Any moisture or pooling around the base of your water heater indicates a leak in the tank. Leaks can lead to water damage in your home and should be addressed immediately.
  6. Frequent Repairs
    • If you find yourself frequently calling a plumber to repair your water heater, it might be more cost-effective to replace it. Continuous repairs can add up, and a new unit can save you money in the long run.