If you notice your water heater lagging, it could be thanks to one too many showers or loads of laundry – but what about when the problem goes deeper? In this article, we’ll share a few signs of an aging water heater – signs that your water heater is about to fail.

Signs to Watch For

Here are six signs that your water heater is aging:

  • Tapping or Knocking

Tapping or knocking sounds from your water heater typically means you have sediment buildup, and this sediment can create miniscule tears in the metal that eventually cause leaks.

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  • Lacking Hot Water

If there’s never enough hot water as you’d like, you might need a larger unit. The sizes of water heaters are based on demand and how many gallons they hold – usually, 30 gallons is just fine for one person, 40 gallons for two, and 50 for a larger family.

  • Fluctuating Temperatures

After you program your water heater’s thermostat, that’s where it should stay – but it is possible for it to cool down too much. All you need is a bit of water heater servicing to replace the thermostat, and your issue will be fixed.

  • Leaks

You can’t ignore a leaking water heater. Maybe a connector, pipe, or screw needs tightening, or perhaps it’s a more serious problem. In some benign cases, it’s not a leak at all – simply condensation that’s gathered around the bottom of the unit. But if there are visible puddles or active leaks, call the pros to diagnose the issue.

  • Cloudy/Bad-Smelling Water

If your water smells bad or looks cloudy, it’s likely that it’s contaminated with rust and bacteria because those contaminants aren’t being removed by the built-in anode rod.

  • It’s 10+ Years Old

If your water heater is over 10 years old, it’s probably due for a replacement – especially if it’s exhibiting the signs listed above. The good news is that, oftentimes, newer models are more durable and energy efficient.

Keeping Up With Your Water Heater

Regular water heater service and maintenance is key to keeping your water heater running as it should and avoiding costly repairs or a replacement. But if you do need a water heater replacement in New Jersey, contact Above and Beyond Plumbing and Heating – we are experts who provide service that is ‘above and beyond.’