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4 Signs it’s Time for Water Heater Replacement

Rockford Water Heater Repair

Imagine starting your day by having the water run cold while you’re taking a shower, only to find out your water heater has bit the dust. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had some sort of warning before this happened? Your water heater has ways of letting you know it needs to be replaced, but it’s up to you to know the signs. At Grand Valley Plumbing, our Rockford plumbers will teach you how to recognize when it’s time to call an experienced water heater installation company to replace your unit.

Old Age

The average lifespan of a water heateris 8 to 12 years. Checking the age of your water heater is as easy as checking the manufacturer’s sticker, which is usually located near the top of the unit. The first three digits of the serial number reveal the month and year the water heater was manufactured.

Months are given a designated letter (January = A, February = B, March = C, and so on). The next two digits stand for the year (09 = 2009). Most water heater manufacturers follow this date code, but you can always check with their website for more information.

If your water heater is 10 years old (or older), we highly recommend you install a new water heater as soon as possible. A leaking water heater can cause significant water damage to your home, which could cost you more in repairs than if you had just replaced the unit.

Constant Repairs

If you’re constantly paying for water heater repairs, the expenses can quickly pile up and overwhelm you. While we understand that paying for another repair can be less expensive in the short-term, you’ll also want to save your money for the day your water heater will eventually quit.

A water heater that needs constant repairs is a sign that it’s on its way out. Depending on your situation, it may be more cost-effective to just pay for an experienced plumbing contractor to install a new water heater.


Flushing the water heateronce a year prevents sediment from building up in the tank. However, if you have been neglecting water heatermaintenance, you may hear a rumbling or popping sound from the tank. When pockets of water are trapped underneath sediment, the pockets collapse and vaporize in the high temperatures. This is what causes the rumbling or popping noise.

Over time, buildup sediment can cause the tank to corrode and cause leaks. If this is the case, a water heater repair contractor might recommend total replacement.

Rusty Water

If there is rusty water coming from the faucets in your home, this could be a sign that the water heater is rusting from the inside. A rusted water heater will eventually leak and need to be replaced.

However, if you have galvanized pipes, we recommend draining three five-gallon buckets of hot water from the unit. If the third bucket is clear, this is a sign that the pipes (not the water heater) were rusty. You can avoid water heater replacement if the rust issue was just with the galvanized pipes.

If you are interested in our water heater replacement and repair services, please feel free to give us our Rockford MI plumbers a call at (616) 901-1149. The licensed plumbers at Grand Valley Plumbing are dedicated toward helping homeowners extend the lives of their water heaters through quality plumbing system maintenance and repair services.