Water heaters are pretty sturdy machines. Despite constant exposure to water and daily use, they can last up to 15 years before requiring replacement. No matter how well you take care of yours, though, rest assured that it will eventually need replacement. It is important that you recognize when your water heater is nearing the end of its life. You don’t want your water heater to actually die on you before replacing it with a new one, unless you’re okay with spending a day or two without any hot water. So, let’s take a look at the signs that you need a new water heater.

Loss of Output

Everyone has exhausted the water heater by using too much hot water at once. The loss of output that accompanies a failing water heater is different, though. If your water heater is incapable of keeping up with even moderate demand anymore, it’s likely that it needs to be replaced. Consult with a professional to make sure.


Water heaters are designed to resist rust for as long as possible. Once it starts to spread, though, there is little you can do. The anode rod in your water heater tank should protect the lining from rusting. If you have rust spreading to other areas of the water heater, though, you may need to replace it.


As mentioned above, water heaters can last up to 15 years. Once they get beyond that age, they start to have more and more problems that often require expensive repairs. If your water heater is older than 15 years and is having problems, it is probably cheaper to replace it than to keep paying for repairs.

If you need to have your water heater replaced, call Total Comfort Inc. We install water heaters throughout Corona, CA.