There are some obvious signs that your water heater is about to stop working. It's just a matter of knowing what to watch out for. Here are tips about what you should know about the status of your hot water tanks and when it is time to call in the experts. 

Old Water Heater

Typically water heaters last for about ten years. One might be able to get a couple of extra years out of their hot water tanks, but if it has been ten years since you brought your water heater home, then you should start looking for a replacement. If you don't know when your water heater was made, then look for its serial number. If you don't see a date, type the serial number into the manufacturer's site to find more details.

Odd Noises

Hot water tanks make weird sounds the older they get. Debris and sand grow on a tank's bottom. When hot water is present in the tank, the sediment solidifies. Additionally, one might hear rattling or banging sounds from the heater.  The strange noises are a clear signal that you should replace your water tank as it's about to stop working completely. 

Rusty Water

Rusty water is another indication that it is time to get a new water heater. Corrosion appears when water is near metal. Even more so when the sacrificial anode rod is depleted. When this occurs shortly after you buy your water heater, you should call your local plumber to fix the issue. But if it is towards the end of the system's lifespan, it is better to completely replace it.

Water Puddles

If you notice water leaks appearing near the water tank, there could also be a leak inside the system that you should fix as soon as possible. Minor cracks can appear as the metal of the water heater stretches and contracts with heat repeatedly. Furthermore, when it is fracturing, you are in danger of a large burst tank, and you should call professional plumbers to take a look at it immediately. 

You might need a new water heater if the water is discolored, making strange noises, or leaking. Your home could suffer water damage from a malfunctioning water heater. In addition to increasing your energy bills, it can make it uncomfortable for your family. By scheduling time to replace your aging heater, you can keep these issues at bay and save on energy costs. If you want to schedule a hot water tank installation, contact your local plumber as soon as possible.