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5 Signs Your Hot Water Heater Is Failing November 5, 2018

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5 Signs Your Hot Water Heater Is Failing, Washingtonville, New York

Hot water heaters have limited lifespans. Even if you do your utmost to care for them, you’ll eventually need to replace the unit with a new model so your home can continue to have convenient, clean hot water. Watch for these signs that it’s time for a new system. 

5 Reasons to Replace Your Hot Water Heater

1. Age

hot water heaterThe average water heater lasts about ten years. If your equipment is approaching this age or has already passed the milestone, be prepared for it to start deteriorating quickly. Once the system is this old, you have the opportunity to replace it with one that’s more powerful and energy-efficient.

2. Rusty Water

Colored water from your faucets is an indicator that sediment has accumulated in your hot water heater. Sediment isn’t necessarily cause for concern, as it gradually builds up in the tanks from naturally-occurring minerals in water. Flushing the tank should take care of this problem. If it doesn’t, the hot water heater is likely corroded on the inside, which means a professional will have to replace it. 

3. Rumbling Noises

Water boiling or sediment moving inside the tank causes grumbling. Occasional noise is normal. As water heaters age and scale accumulates, they become increasingly prone to rattling. Constant noise is a sign that you need a new tank. 

4. Leaks & Corrosion

If you can see that your water heater is rusting through or that the tank itself is leaking, it’s at the end of its useful lifespan. Leaks from other tank components, such as pipes or pressure relief valves, aren’t always the death knell of a water tank, but if you notice any, contact a plumber for examination and repair. 

5. No Hot Water

Finally, if your hot water heater isn’t producing heat at all, and you’ve checked for simple explanations like a blown pilot light or a disconnect from the power or fuel source, contact an HVAC professional. A total lack of functionality is a clear indicator that the system needs repair or replacement.


If you need help troubleshooting your hot water heater or if it’s time to replace it, call A. Stevens Plumbing & Heating in Washingtonville, NY. Serving the entire Hudson Valley, they offer over 30 years of experience and a reputation for excellence in both HVAC and plumbing repairs. They work on all projects no matter the size and have an impressive portfolio of residential and commercial work. To schedule a visit, call (845) 496-5903 or visit their website to send a message.

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