Signs you need a new water heater
You probably need to replace your current water heater if:
- It is more than 15 years old. Most tank-style water heaters only last 15–20 years. So, if yours is coming up on that 15- or 20-year mark, you might want to look into replacing it.
- You notice brown or rusty water. If your hot water has a brown or rusty tint to it, this normally means your water heater is deteriorating from the inside. Eventually, your water heater will fail completely or burst, causing expensive water damage to your home.
- Your energy bills are increasing. As your unit gets older, it loses efficiency. If you notice a steady increase in your energy bills (and water usage stays the same), that could mean your tank is on its way out.
- The tank itself has a leak. A crack or leak in the tank is pretty much a death sentence for your water heater. You’ll need to look at buying a new one right away.