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Little do we know how easy water heaters make our lives. Can you imagine taking a cold shower everyday (if you are a shower everyday type of person). Water heaters are easily one of the most expensive system a house or building can have and when they fail, it can make life a little annoying when it comes to laundry and bathing. If you are thinking that maybe it is time to replace your home water heater. There are a couple of symptoms that you can look for before you go hot-waterless!

When You Should Replace Your Water Heater?

Remember that water heaters have an expected lifespan of about ten years before things may go south. Maybe you built the house you live in and know how old your water heater is. But, if you bought the home you can check when the last time it was serviced and installed on the water heater service sticker. This is usually located toward the top of the water heater and looks like this.

Knocking Noises

If you are hearing “knocking” noises coming from your water heater. That is a sign of sediment build-up. Sediment comes from the minerals in the water and it can harden and knock against the tank. Usually, a regular water heater flush can prevent this from happening.

Rusty or Cloudy Water

If you realize that your water has a rusty or cloudy look to it. That is a sign that either one of the two things are happening:

  • If rusty, the tank has rust on the inside and needs to be replaced. Since tanks are metal, this is bound to happen at sometime.
  • If cloudy, this is again a sign of sediment build-up.

Water Around Your Water Heater

If there is water pooling around the bottom of your tank, this is a possible sign that your tank is fractured or there is a fitting loose that causes your water heater to leak. Because metal expands when it gets hot. This can cause little fractures on the tank. Be sure to check that all fittings around the water heater are dry first before thinking it is a fracture. But, if there are fractures, this is when you should replace your water heater.

Your “Hot Water” is Cold

Obviously, if you are attempting to get hot water from the sink and it is “luke warm” or simply cold. There could be something wrong with the thermostat or the heating element within your water heater.

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Call a Professional

If you are having issues with your water heater and are wondering when you should replace your water heater. Give Carter’s My Plumber, we are committed to meeting the needs of our customers.  We are knowledgeable, friendly, and will always give you a price before any work begins. Don’t hesitate to give us a call today @ 317-859-9999 or email us @ info@cartersmyplumber.com we will be happy to send a licensed professional.  We are here for you and hope you will entrust us with your plumbing needs!

Kelson Carter

Article reviewed by:

Kelson Carter, aka, The Prince of Plumbing

Kelson is a 3rd generation Plumbing Contractor. His family business is located in Greenwood, Indiana, and provides Residential Plumbing Service to the Indianapolis Metro market.

Kelson grew up watching his grandfather and father do plumbing. After graduating high school, Kelson went to Trade School and became a Licensed Master Plumber and Licensed Plumbing Contractor. He is also Certified in Backflow Prevention. He currently owns and operates Carter's My Plumber with his parents.


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