Signs Your Water Heater May Be Failing

There is almost nothing as relaxing as taking a nice hot bath, or taking a nice long shower. The only reason that these are so relaxing and rewarding is because the water is hot. It is pretty hard to relax in a cold water bath. Hot water is only possible because your water heater, and unfortunately sometimes a water heater goes out.

A water heater going out usually happens at the exact wrong time, and it is inconvenient, there are some warning signs that you should know about. Here are some of the signs that it is time to get a new water heater, or at least have a technician look at your water heater. 

Discolored Water

It is a little startling to look into the tub and see water that is not a normal color. This can already get your mind rolling, but do not be alarmed, most of the time it is going to be a problem with your water heater. If your water is rusty the water heater itself is likely starting to corrode from the inside out. It is important that if you see a lot of rust in the water that you have services such as Eliminator Plumbing send technicians come inspect your water heat immediately.


Most of the time you will not hear your water heater because you are used to the sound. However, if you start hearing noise then you could be in some trouble. A lot of the time if you are hearing noise in the water heater it is from sediment gathering at the bottom of the tank. No matter how clean your water is, a small amount of sediment will come with your water. Over a long period of time that water can settle at the bottom of the tank and settle. The settling and heating of the sediment causes it to harden, and basically turn into a rock. This can cause your water heater to malfunction.


If your water heater is not giving you the hot water that it did in the past, or if you are finding yourself paying extra in your energy bill, you should look at your water heater. Over time a water heater will simply start to break down, just like anything. It is important that you are proactive in looking at the efficiency of your water heater. No hot water and higher energy bills are something that can be avoided.