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Signs Your Water Heater Is About to Fail

November 26, 2022

Signs Your Water Heater Is About to Fail

For most of us, it’s hard to imagine a life without readily available hot water, and thanks to our water heaters, we aren’t deprived of this luxury. However, water heaters aren’t immune to problems, and as time passes, due to different reasons, they may start to fail. The critical point is to recognize the signs of your water heater failing and learn to take early action to save time and money. So, in this article, we will go over some of these signs.


Leaks in every appliance and every aspect of our lives tend to indicate a failing unit, and the case is not different regarding water heaters. If you have seen water under your heater, there’s leaking. There are two possibilities when it comes to leaks. The first one is valves that are not entirely closed or leaking tanks. If the case is the first one, you can solve your problem through a simple repair. However, if the tank leaks, you will likely need to replace your water heater. 

Rusty or Muddy Water

Closely observe the color of your water. If it’s rusty or muddy, this indicates rust inside the water heater or the pipes. There are two problems with this situation; the first one is the mineral particle build-up which can cause obstructions in the water flow; the second is potential harm to your health since there are rust particles in your water. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may need to change the anode rod inside the water heater. The Anode rod’s function is to prevent corrosion inside the heater, and if the water is colored, it’s time to change the rod if it’s in an intermediate state.

Hot Water Runs Out

This is one of the prominent features of heater failure. If the hot water suddenly ends when you are in the middle of a shower or while washing the dishes, your heater is starting to fail. This feature makes the lives of homeowners hard, and since there’s no way of knowing the failure stage, it’s wise to call a dependable plumber. This way, you can save money through repair. However, if the damage is more significant, you might need a tankless water heater installation.

Smell and Taste

If you use your water regularly for drinking, this will be easier to notice. If you have been seeing a weird, metallic-like taste in your water, the pipes may be old and may release metal particles into the water. Similarly, if the water smells like rotten eggs, this may be due to sulfur bacteria inside the water heater. These are relatively simple problems that can be fixed easily if you act early.

Watch Out!

Your water heater may not have failed yet, but these signs should be alarming you once you see them, so you don’t end up with a failed water heater. However, if you don’t receive hot water, the situation may be more complex and require water heater repair or replacement. Waiting for your heater to fail is not a good idea, so call the skillful plumbers of Beall Contracting today. We provide various services, including those related to your water heater.