How to Tell If It's Time to Replace Your Water Heater

June 26, 2017 | by Chad Sanborn

Water heaters typically have a long life, but even the best products wear out at some point. Ideally, you'll want to replace your water heater before it fails so your home doesn't have to go without hot water. But how do you know when it's time? Here a few tips to tell if it's time to replace your water heater.

  1. Age: Most water heaters that are more than 10 years old should be considered for replacement. If your water heater is in a location that will not cause damage if there is a leak, you can wait until it develops a leak before replacing it, but you're really taking your chances on being without hot water until it can be replaced.
  2. Insufficient Hot Water: In a tank or storage water heater mineral deposits builds up and act as an insulator, keeping the heat generated by the burner from reaching the water. The water heater has to work harder to maintain the correct temperature, leading to failure of the controls or a leaking tank.
  3. Noisy Water Heater: This problem is also related to sediment build up, which can cause popping or banging sounds. The noise stems from the tank overheating due to the mineral deposits.
  4. Cloudy or Smelly Hot Water: Mineral deposits can also cause cloudy or smelly water. These deposits can travel to the faucets and clog the aerator screens.
  5. Rusty or Leaking Connections or Tank: Rusty or leaking connections, or a leak from the tank, are signs that the sacrificial anode rod is depleted and corrosion is attacking the tank.
  6. Bad Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve: The T&P valve is there to release excess pressure in the event the tank overheats. If the valve is leaking, call a professional immediately to examine it and possibly replace the valve or the entire water heater.

If you notice any of these signs, call a plumbing professional to assess the state of your water heater and provide options for repair or replacement.

This blog was developed by Bradford White. All posts, sponsored and un-sponsored have been reviewed and approved by the Sustainable Community Media Editorial Team to ensure quality, relevance/usefulness and objectivity.


Topics: Heating & Cooling, Water Heaters

Companies: Bradford White Water Heaters



Chad Sanborn
Chad Sanborn is the Product Marketing Manager for Bradford White Water Heaters. He has been in the water heater industry for over 13 years, supporting the growth and development of Bradford White in various capacities. In 2001, Chad began his career in the production areas of Bradford White's Middleville, MI water heaters manufacturing facility. Using his hands-on product experience, Chad transitioned into the engineering department in 2007, where he expanded his knowledge and influence by working with the testing procedures and standards for residential and commercial water heaters. In 2011, Chad was promoted to the Sales and Marketing team, where he currently holds the position of Product Marketing Manager. In his current role, he manages all products for Bradford White Corporation and works collaboratively with the sales and engineering teams to develop Bradford White's short and long-term water heater product development and marketing strategies. Chad holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Management from Cornerstone University and is an active participant in many plumbing, engineering and manufacturing trade organizations. www

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