How to Know When Your Water Heater is Going Out

September 11, 2014

Wondering how much life your water heater has left or if it’s time to replace your water heater?

Here are the top signs that your water heater is going out (or about to).

Note: These signs could also be caused by something else (like a lack of regular water heater maintenance). But if you’re experiencing several of them, then your water heater is probably at least near needing to be replaced.

Your water heater is old

Most tank water heaters in the Kansas City area last 10 to 15 years. So you may want to start thinking about replacing it if your water heater is around that age.

Not sure of your water heater’s age?

You can determine the manufacture date of a water heater by looking at the data label on the water heater. Most manufacturers encode the date inside the serial number. So, find the serial number and then use this document to decode when the water heater was manufactured.

Keep in mind, this might be different from the date it was actually installed, but it can at least give you an idea of the age of your water heater.

There’s rust or sediment in your tap water

One of the telltale signs of a water heater that’s near the end of it’s life is rust-colored water coming from the hot water tap. This usually means the tank is rusting and will soon spring a leak.

You’re having water temperature problems

Does it take longer for your water heater to heat water than it used to? Do you seem to quickly run out of hot water? When a water heater is going out, it may struggle to keep up with your hot water demands. 

There’s a leak

Water on the floor around your water heater is the sure-fire sign that your water heater has gone out. It means the tank has corroded through and will need to be replaced. 

(Note: Water could also be on the ground if the safety valve at the bottom let out some water due to an excess in pressure or temperature. You still want to call a professional to find out what is causing this to happen.)

Get help now

If your water heater is out or on it’s way out, and you live in the Kansas City metropolitan area, Santa Fe can help. We can help you decide on the right water heater for your home. Give us a call at (913) 856-5801 or contact us online for more information.