Signs your water heater is failing

We have all heard the stories, or we tell the story: the water heater just died and there is water all over your basement.  It is true it is very common that a water heater fails without anyone noticing, but there are signs if you know what to look for:

  • Weird noises or sounds: A failing water heater can make abnormal or weird noises. These noises and sounds can be consistent or irregular.
  • Murky or muddy water: As a water heater ages, the metal tank begins to rust and will fluff off.
  • Costly Repairs: As a water heater ages and needs more parts to stay safe and not leak, repairs can add up to more than what a new water heater costs.
  • Lack of Hot Water: A failing water heater will have either insufficient hot water or the water will be lukewarm during normal use.

Water heaters last an average of 8 to 12 years.  Shortly before yours hits its eighth birthday, check for water on the floor and set reminders for yourself to check intermittently.  Whether it needs a repair or to be replaced, it is better to get in front of its care.