3 Signs of a Failing Water Heater

3 Signs of a Failing Water Heater

Are you having a hard time getting your water up to temperature? If so, you may be dealing with a broken or failing water heater. Don’t wait to see if your heater fails; check this list of signs and symptoms of water heater failure for more information about how to know your system is on its last legs:

Dirty Water

While most people see inappropriately cold water as a sign of water heater failure, water that isn’t clean and clear can also be a major indicator. Older tanks will begin to rust and deteriorate, leading to that buildup flaking off in the water inside the tank. While softeners or conditioners can be used to address this, they will only provide satisfactory results for so long. Eventually, the tank will have to be replaced.

Strange Sounds

If you hear odd noises while you’re using your water – particularly if you’re using hot water – this may be a sign that your heater is on the decline. Listen for a gurgling or bubbling sound after you’ve used some hot water. These sounds often indicate that the sediments that have built up in your heater tank are being stirred up. An abundance of these sediments can be a major problem, so these noises are a sign of trouble on the horizon.


This is perhaps the biggest factor in determining if your water heater is failing. While age alone does not determine function, any other problems that you notice may be a sign that your older tank is at the end of its life.

Any tank older than 6 years should have a visit from a licensed plumber or specialist to check for good working condition and recommend upgrades, repairs, or replacements. Since older tanks often have a lot of sediment, rust, and other buildup concerns inside, replacement may be the best option for your household.

Don’t get left out in the cold (water) this season. If your water heater begins to fail, contact the experts at Same Day Service Plumbing. Whatever is ailing your water heater tank, we can help you fix the problem – fast.

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