When to Replace Your Water Heater Published on March 07, 2017 Should you replace your water heater? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few signals to look for when deciding whether it’s time to purchase a new water heating system. Age If your water heater receives routine maintenance, you can expect it to last around ten years, depending on the number of occupants in a home. Once your water heater hits 10 years, it’s usually time to seriously consider replacement, especially before a leak causes any damage. Rusty Water If the water from your water heater (hot side pipes) is coming out rusty, it might be a signal that your water heater is rusting on the inside. This could create a leak, not to mention polluted water. Ask an expert plumber to have them determine if your water heater system is getting ready to give out. Weird Noises Rumbling or thumping sounds coming from your water heater can be a sign that deposit has built up on the foundation of the tank. This means your water heating system will be less efficient and will require more gas or electricity to heat your water, causing higher water heating bills. It also means that the additional time spent heating your water could cause more damage on your tank, possibly generating cracks or leaks. Water If you see water around your water heater tank, you could have a leak. Ask an expert plumber to come out and examine your equipment and they can provide you a quote on a new water heater if necessary.