Signs That You Need a New Water Heater

Did you know that most residential water heaters only last about 10 years? When you have trouble with your water heater, it could be a simple fix or a sign of failure. If you have a traditional tank-style water heater, watch for these signs that you need a new water heater.

Unusual Noises

signs that you need a new water heaterWhen you walk by the water heater, do you hear popping, gurgling, or whistling noises? You should never hear odd noises from your water heater, and this is a sure sign of a problem. Often resulting from the water boiling inside the tank or sediment burning, these problems often signal that your water heater is nearing the end of its life. You should drain and clean the tank to remove any sediment or mineral buildup. Also, check the thermostat to be sure it is not set too high.


If you find a leak from your water heater, it is essentially done for. This means that various parts are failing, and, in some cases, replacing them can cost just as much as a new tank. Plus, you don’t want to risk a major water heater leak, or you could end up with a flooded area of your home and hundreds of dollars in damage.

Rust-Colored Water

Does the water from your hot tap appear orange or yellow in color? This could be a sign of your water heater rusting on the inside. Many tanks are lined with a ceramic coating, but some are not. Consider draining your water heater and inspecting it for a problem. If it is rusting, you should purchase a new tank. However, rust-colored water could also result from rusting pipes, another serious problem that should be addressed immediately.

If you notice any of these signs that you need a new water heater, call Tribeca Plumbing at (214) 402-5454! We repair and replace water heaters in Dallas, TX and the surrounding areas!