Shall You Repair or Replace Your Water Heater

Shall You Repair or Replace Your Water Heater

The efficiency of a water heater is measured with electrical input and hot water it produces. If you install a water heater on your own, this may affect the efficiency of the water heater. First of all, always hire a specialist for water heater installation or hot water replacement. Water heater requires meticulous handling. Mishandling can damage the appliance.  

Signs Indicating That Something is Wrong With the Water Heater

As long as it is heating water, you ignore it. However, it does show some warning signs before it stops working. Look for the following signs:

  • Popping noise 
  • Bad smell 
  • Leakage 
  • Water not hot enough 
  • No hot water 
  • Rust-coloured water 


Your water heater stops working. Shall you go for a new hot water installation or call a plumber for hot water replacement? You need to know what is wrong with the water heater.

Tank corrosion 

Mismatch of materials is the primary cause of corrosion. To avoid this problem, hire a plumber who knows the proper dielectric unions or dielectric nipples used in the water heater. An inexperienced plumber may create problems like electrolysis by using a copper connector in a steel water heater. This leads to metal corrosion. 

Hot Water Temperature

Dip tube is a small device in a hot water heater. This device introduces cold water. When corroded, this device breaks off. Cold water does not go through the water tank’s burner functions. Water is not sufficiently heated. 

Water Heater not Working 

A water heater may stop working due to problems like a blown fuse or a tripped breaker. Not cleaning a water heater on a regular basis can also cause this problem. 

Dangerous Pressure Buildup

Make sure that pressure and temperature valves are working properly. Pressure may increase when they malfunction. This can also lead to an explosion.   

Other Water Heater Issues

You may also experience the following problems:

  • Thermostat problems 
  • Power issues 
  • Tripped circuit breaker 
  • Worn out heating element 
  • Noisy element 
  • Pressure valve leaks/failures 
  • Water heater sediment 
  • Rusty coloured water 
  • Foul odour 
  • Taking more time to reheat 

Signs Indicating Hot Water Replacement 

You may not know whether you need water heater repair or hot water replacement. There are three types of water heaters including gas, oil and electric water heater.

Electric heaters are the most used type. However, houses receiving oil or gas supply use oil or gas water respectively. A water heater has a lifespan of 8-12 years. However, the lifespan depends on several factors including quality of water heater, the unit design, installation quality and overall maintenance. 

It is Too Old 

An aged water heater becomes faulty with time. Check the sticker on the water heater to see the serial number and production date. If it is a decade old and starts giving troubles, go for hot water replacement. 

It is Giving Rusty Water

If the hot side pipe fittings give rusty water, it’s time to replace your water heater. 

It is making a Rumbling Noise

Sediments deposited at the tank’s bottom are hardened due to heating and reheating. This is the reason why your water heater makes a rumbling noise. This also indicates that your water heater should be replaced. 

You Notice Moisture Formation Around the Tank

If you notice moisture around the tank or there is a small leak or fracture on the body, replace it. 

Look for these signs to know whether you should repair or replace your water heater. The most important thing you need to consider is the plumber. Make sure that you choose the right plumber for hot water repair or replacement. Don’t see it as your next do it yourself project.