When to Replace Your Water Heater Published on March 07, 2017 Is your water heater in need of replacing? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some indicators to look for when choosing whether it’s time to invest in a new water heating system. Age If your water heater has annual maintenance, you can expect it to last around ten years, depending on the number of people living in your home. Once your water heater reaches 10 years, it’s likely time to seriously consider replacement, especially before a leak occurs. Rusty Water If the water from your water heater (hot side pipes) is coming out rusty, it could be an indicator that your water heater is rusting on the inside. This could cause a leak, not to mention polluted water. Call an expert plumber to have them check if your water heater system is getting ready to breakdown. Odd Noises Booming or knocking sounds coming from your water heater can be a signal that sediment 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, creating higher water heating bills. It also means that the extra time spent heating your water could result in more damage on your tank, possibly generating cracks or leaks. Water If you notice water around your water heater tank, you might have a leak. Ask an expert plumber to come out and investigate and they can give you a quote on a new water heater if necessary.