Five Signs You May Need to Replace Your Hot Water Heater

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Working quietly in the basement, the hot water heater does not attract attention until it stops working properly. Here are five sure signs that your hot water heater needs replacement.


Any amount of water leakage from your water heater is a clear sign that replacement is necessary. Call a plumbing contractor right away to address the problem.


If your water heater is over 10 years old, replacement time is near. Electric water heaters last from 10 to 15 years, while a gas water heater will last 10 to 12 years.


If you start to notice rust-colored water or rust stains in your sink, rust and debris have started to accumulate. This sediment collects at the bottom of the tank and affects your water when the problem worsens.

Sub-Cold Water

Do you notice that your shower is not as warm as it used to be? It is a sign that either the heating element or thermostat is wearing down. Although this is a more subtle sign than water leakage or rust, replacement is likely.

Water Cannot Drain

If scale and rust have built up to the point that it has blocked the drain valve, you will need to consult with a plumber. It is likely that you will need to replace your hot water heater.
Always consult with a plumber about water heater issues. Call South East Total Service for hot water heater replacement in Chattanooga.