Is It Time to Pull The Plug on Your Old Water Heater?

Is your water heater more than 10 years old? Are you experiencing leaks or is the water not getting up to temperature? It may be time for a new water heater!


Industry studies consistently show that water damage from washing machines and water heaters are the leading sources of water damage insurance claims. 


Typical water heater problems include a leaking tank, not enough hot water, water that is too hot or not hot enough, strange noises in the tank and discolored or smelly water.


According to Consumer Affairs, a leak in the water heater in Union County, PA Government Center unleashed 2,000 gallons of water in July of 2015, affecting 12,000 sq ft of the building and estimated repair costs of $100,000.  


This damage was not caused by a large water heater, it was caused by a leak in a 30-gallon water heater, smaller than ones found in many homes.

Here are the top signs that it may be time to replace your unit:



Leaks are not something to play around with. Leaks can cause major structural damage to your home unleashing thousands of gallons of water in a matter of hours.


Signs include corrosion, moisture or mold around the base or the pipes into it. 


Age and Usage


If you heater is over 10 years old and gets used regularly, it’s already reach its life expectancy.  Once your warranty expires, it’s a good idea to begin looking into a new unit or increase your maintenance schedule.


If you have no idea how old your heater is, it’s probably time to replace it!


Water Temperature Issues


If your heater is only producing lukewarm water or takes a long time to heat the water, the heating element or burner may be failing due to age. These parts can be replaced but it may be worth getting a new unit, depending on the age.


Metallic Taste or Visible Rust

How water that smells or taste like iron,


or has a reddish-brown color, indicates the inner tank is corroding. This process is impossible to reverse.


Steady Stream of Repairs


If you’ve already made repairs and new issues keep popping up, it may be time to consider replacing it. Several minor issues can indicate a major failure is likely to occur in the near future.


Don’t wait for your water heater to break and cause possible irreparable damages that can cost thousands of dollars! Learn the signs of a failing water heater – age, leaks, water temp issues, rust and more! 


A new water heater may only be a phone call away! Contact the experts at Combined Energy Services to discuss your water heater options!

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