Posted on 10/2/2014


The average water heater lasts between 10 and 15 years, and many people don’t remember what it’s like to need replacement water heater. If your water heater has been giving you trouble, check for signs of water heater failure with these helpful tips.

Technician servicing heating boiler

Check Fuel Source
If your access to hot water goes from excellent to nonexistent all at once, check the fuel source. If you have a gas water heater, check to see that the pilot light is on and try troubleshooting if it is not—this may require professional assistance. If electricity is how you heat your water, ensure that the power is on and that no circuit breaker has been tripped. If a lack of fuel does not seem to be the problem, contact a plumbing professional.

Examine Water
Take a close look at the water coming out of your hot water taps. Does it look or smell funny? If it has a rusty tinge or a metallic taste or smell, chances are that your water heater will be on its way to a landfill or junkyard before long. To confirm what you already suspect, schedule a plumbing inspection.

Inspect Tank
Before a hot water heater fails, a number of warning signs should be present in or around the tank. Examine the tank, keeping an eye out for leaks that are creating dampness or puddles on the ground. Using caution, drain your tank and examine the water for sediment and a muddy look or feel. Tank leaks and sediment-rich water are signs of looming water heater failure.

If your water heater is making strange noises or water is collecting at the base of the storage tank, contact a plumbing professional. The other signs of imminent water heater failure discussed in this article also warrant a professional inspection. To schedule a service appointment with a Libertyville plumbing professional or enquire about your replacement water heater options, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (847) 549-9600.