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Signs Your Water Heater Needs Replacement

old-water-heaterIt’s said that the health benefits of icy cold showers can boost your immune system, reduce sore muscles, and improve your circulation.

But if you want to subject yourself to that, it should at least be by choice and not due to a broken water heater!

Knowing when to replace your water heater is key to avoiding any cold shower incidences (no matter how beneficial they supposedly are). We’ll tell you what the signs are that it’s time for replacement.


The average lifespan for a water heater is between 8 and 10 years. If you’re noticing problems at around this time, it makes sense that it could be on the decline. Plenty of water heaters will continue operating beyond 10 years, but you should know that that’s an exception and not the rule. If you have an old water heater, start researching your options for a new one while you have the time.

Rusty Water

The biggest enemy to the water heater is corrosion, and that leads to rust. Water heaters are constantly in danger of corrosion. Various components inside the tank help prevent this, but as those components wear down over the years, you might find rust in your water. This is a sign that your water heater is in danger of developing a leak—you should immediately call up a plumber in Costa Mesa, CA and anticipate installing a replacement.

Less Hot Water

If you notice that the amount of hot water keeps running out faster than usual, this could be a sign you need replacement. Make sure to first have it inspected to make sure that it’s not being caused by a simple repair issue.


The worst of all. When your water heater develops a leak, it can’t just be patched up—you need a new tank entirely. But do keep in mind that water around the base of your water heater doesn’t guarantee a leak. Loose pipe fittings, discharge from a temperature and pressure valve, and condensation could be to blame.

Things That Can Diminish the Life of Your Water Heater

The only thing worse than a water heater in need of replacement is one that needs replacement well before its time. With regular maintenance, you can help ensure the water heater will live a full life.

  • Check the anode rod: This is a rod of metal that attracts corrosive elements to it and away from the walls of the tank. The rod will gradually deteriorate over time, but it will only last for about 5 years. If you don’t get it replaced by then, it could spell danger for the water heater.
  • Cracked glass: Your water heater is lined with a layer of glass—another measure against corrosion. These can crack when hard water calcifies and creates deposits on the inside of the tank. It may be able to continue running as long as a leak hasn’t occurred, but it can’t be repaired.
  • Sediment build up: Water heaters need to be flushed annually to reduce the amount of mineral sediment that builds up in the tank. If the sediment continues to build, it can trap heat and damage the tank.

If your water heater is showing signs of age, let us know and we’ll give it an inspection. Contact Total Comfort, Inc. today to schedule service.

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