When to Replace Your Water Heater Published on March 07, 2017 Is your water heater in need of replacing? Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few signals to look for when deciding whether it’s time to invest in a new water heating system. Age If your water heater gets annual maintenance, you can expect it to function around a decade, depending on the number of people living in your home. When your water heater is 10 years, it’s likely time to seriously consider replacement, especially before a leak occurs. Rusty Water If the water from your water heater (hot side pipes) is coming out rusty, it might be an indicator that your water heater is rusting on the inside. This could produce a leak, not to mention impure water. Contact an expert plumber to have them see if your water heater system is getting ready to give out. Weird Noises Rumbling or thumping sounds coming from your water heater can be a sign that sediment has built up on the foundation of the tank. This means your water heater will be less efficient and will demand more gas or electricity to heat your water, creating higher water heating bills. It also means that the additional time spent heating your water could cause more damage on your tank, which could cause cracks or leaks. Water If you see water around your water heater tank, you could have a leak. Contact an expert plumber to come out and inspect your system and they can give you a quote on a new water heater if necessary.