The team from Lynnwood Plumbing and Rooter Pros has installed hundreds of hot water heaters for homeowners in the greater Seattle area. We’ve seen units last over twenty years, and some not even make it past a year. While there is not specific odometer on a water heater to gauge it’s lifespan, there are some warning signs that the unit may need to be replaced.

  1. Age of the Heater: Most water heaters have a lifespan of about 8-12 years. If yours is in this age range or older, it’s wise to consider a replacement.
  2. Rusty Water: If you notice rusty water coming from your hot water taps, it could indicate the inside of your tank is rusting, which may lead to leaks.
  3. Water Leakage: Any signs of leaking water around the base of the heater are a clear indicator that there could be a crack or other fault in the internal tank.
  4. Inconsistent Water Temperature: If your water temperature is fluctuating or it’s not getting as hot as it used to, this could be a sign of a failing heating element.
  5. Unusual Noises: Banging, rumbling, or knocking noises coming from the heater can be a sign of sediment buildup, which over time reduces the efficiency and can damage the tank.
  6. Water Takes Too Long to Reheat: If you’re finding that your water takes much longer to reheat than usual, the heating element may be failing.
  7. Insufficient Hot Water: If you’re running out of hot water faster than you used to, this could indicate the heater is not operating at full capacity.
  8. Increased Energy Bills: An unexpected increase in your energy bills can be a sign that your water heater is losing efficiency and working harder to provide hot water.
  9. Frequent Repairs: If you’re frequently spending money on repairs, it might be more cost-effective in the long run to replace the unit.
  10. Cloudy Water or Bad Odor: Cloudy or foul-smelling water can be a sign of bacterial growth inside the tank or issues with the water heater’s anode rod.

It’s always best to consult with a professional, like Lynnwood Plumbing and Rooter Pros if you’re experiencing any of these issues to determine whether repair or replacement is the most appropriate course of action.

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