Woman and man Standing in front of a new water heater

Without your water heater, you would have to take cold showers, wash your dishes using only cold water, and have limited options when doing laundry, which is a problem for the average person. However, even the highest-quality water heaters will malfunction from time to time. So, how can you tell whether you need water heater replacement?

Our Roto-Rooter Jackson TN team reviews five signs that it's time to get a new hot water heater for your home.

1. You See Water Pooling Around the Hot Water Heater

During hot water heaters' heating cycle, their metal components and steel surface expand and contract due to the heat. Over time, this can lead to moisture or even fractures in the water heater tank. As a result, the system will leak, and water will pool around your unit.

If you look at your water heater and notice water pooling around it, call a plumber as soon as possible. Since this problem is often due to the age of the system, you'll likely need a new water heater.

heating element of water heater with a sediment buildup2. The Water Tank Has Rust or Corrosion

The last thing you want to see in your tap water is rust. A rusty water heater can impact the quality of your home's water and lead to a less efficient or leaking water heater.

Rust and corrosion are another problem that happens primarily due to age. These issues can affect the entire water heater, but especially the heater inlet valve and sacrificial anode rod, where rust and mineral particles can build up.

3. You Notice a Lack of Warm and Hot Water

finger on hot water heater control unit

One of the more obvious signs that you need water heater replacement is a lack of warm or hot water. As your water heater ages, it becomes less and less efficient. Eventually, you won't be able to enjoy a nice hot shower.

Sometimes, the problem could be a broken heating element or a malfunctioning electrical thermostat. While this is sometimes a repairable problem, it may be more cost-effective to replace your water heater.

4. You Hear Strange Noises Coming From the Unit

As a water heater nears the end of its working life, sediment builds up at the bottom of the tank. Eventually, this sediment buildup will force your tank to start making loud popping noises when heating water. When this happens, it's time to get a new water heater.

water tank pipes for a modern water heater in Jackson TN5. You're Frequently Scheduling Repair Services

Repairing your water heater is cheaper than replacing it, but if you're frequently paying for repairs due to an inefficient system, it's time to upgrade. Installing a new water heater saves you money in the long run and gives you a more reliable hot water supply, which is good news for your washing machine and shower.

High-Quality Water Heaters From a Top-Rated Plumbing Company

When the time comes for your water heater replacement, give our Roto-Rooter Jackson TN team a call. Every professional plumber on our team knows how to efficiently install high-quality water heaters and restore heating functions. Call (731) 213-3611 to restore your home's warm water!