Signs You Need a New Water Heater

There are a lot of moving parts of your home. Making sure everything is in working order can take up a huge amount of time. You have to make sure the electrical parts of your home are up to code. If your roof leaks or walls need new siding then you have to make repairs. The same can be said for making sure all the plumbing in your home is up to snuff where it really counts. One of the most important parts of your home is your water heater. While you might take it for granted, think about how many times you have to take an icy shower in the morning. Thanks to your water heater it isn’t all that often. Your water heaters helps you wash wishes, clothes, and do a lot more which you may not always think about. When a water heater starts going downhill there are a few signs you’ll want to keep an eye out for. Check out the information below to learn when a new water heater is a must.

Rough Noises

There aren’t a lot of good things that usually come from a rumbling sound. When you have a car that begins to rumble it’s almost a sure sign that a trip to the mechanic is in your near future. The same thing can go for your water heater. A normal water heater isn’t supposed to make any sort of noises. You’ll always be able to tell if something isn’t right if you begin hearing some rumbling coming from your tank. This is due to your water heater aging. As it ages, sediment begins to slowly build up at the bottom of your tank. As your water heater carries out its normal task of heating and reheating water, the buildup of sediment begins to slowly harden over time. This can lead to noises and rumbling happening when your water tank begins heating up water. It’s a clear sign that your heater should be replaced by a professional service center like DBs Plumbing & Drain.

Rusty Water

Your water heater is responsible for getting you the hot, revitalizing shower you need to take on the day. The water you know and love is most likely clear. So when you find yourself trying to take a shower in rust-colored water then you might want to take a look at your water heater. Rusty water can be a pretty big shock when you see it suddenly coming out of your shower head or faucet. If the hot water suddenly begins looking rusty then checking your water heater is your first step. Brown or red tinted water can be a sign that your water heater is rusting on the inside and could soon begin leaking. A great way to test whether or not this is true is by filling up several gallons of water. If the water clears after a few times, the fault is in the pipes. If the water still remains rusty by the end of the test then your water heater is likely to blame.


This is probably the most obvious sign that you’re in need of a new water heater. Most water heaters have a life span of 10-15 years and during that time your heater can go through any number of changes. Unfortunately not every heater lasts that long. For this reason, you should always keep an eye on your water heater and check to make sure there are no noises or leaks. If you do end up noticing that there is moisture around your water heater then immediate action is needed before a small problem turns into a big mess. If water is standing or puddling around your water heater then more than likely it has reached the end of its useful life. Always remember that if you see moisture of any kind it is a big worry when it comes to your water heater. Calling a professional plumber is the best choice you can make.

If you need professional help with your plumbing, DBs Plumbing & Drain is here to help. Call us at (703) 457-8686 for more information.

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