Water Heater Failure: Four Signs of Trouble

Water heater failure can be detected earlyWater heater failure leaves you out in the cold, so let us help you look for advance signs your water heater might break.


  1. Your water heater has accumulated rust: Water heaters are predominantly made of steel, which is vulnerable to rust. Rust on your water heater and its pipes leading  to your home’s faucets can lead to leaks or sanitary issues with your water. Rust flakes enter the tank or pipes from the inside. When a water heater starts to accumulate rust, the best thing to do is replace it before it collapses or leaks. If your water is rust-colored, call a professional plumbing team, like BlackTie Plumbing, to help you find the issue.
  2. Water is pooling around your water heater: Water heaters function as a water reservoir in order to heat the water. Water heater failure can be detected quickly when you spot water pooling around the heater. Without replacing your water heater you may be at risk of damaging your personal items with moisture or humidity. In older water heaters the leak is most likely due to metal deformities from the thousands of times it heats and cools the water inside the tank. Leaks may also be due to loose or damaged pipes and fittings. If you see water pooling on the floor contact a professional plumbing services team.
  3. Your water heater isn’t heating enough water: If a lack of hot water is leading you to ask yourself, “Is this related to water heater failure?”, check first to see if someone turned down the thermostat on the heater. Your tank could also be too small for the size of your location and the number of people using the hot water. The heating element of your water heater may also be broken. If you suspect any of these issues, work with a plumbing services team to install an upgraded water heater.
  4. Your water heater is old: All of the above issues usually point to a broken water heater. If you know the age of your water heater, you can get ahead of possible failure. Most heaters have a lifespan of around eight to ten years. Even if there are no apparent symptoms of failure in the heater after a decade of use, it is still wise to replace the heater at this time. Please note gas water heaters have a shorter lifespan with an average of six to eight years. If you do not know when your water heater was installed, look at the first two numbers in the serial number of the heater, which follow one alphabetical character. When in doubt, contact a plumbing services professional to help you.

Like most responsibilities of being a homeowner, it’s best to be proactive when it comes to your water heater and utilize the plumbing services and preventative maintenance available to you.

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