Do You Need a New Water Heater?

Posted on February 25th, 2018 by BlueMountain

Your water heater is a fundamental component of the home that helps keep you comfortable. The average water heater lasts between 10 and 15 years before it starts taking a turn for the worse. While there are a few telltale signs that indicate a repair is needed, there are other signs that tell you it’s time to install a new one:

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Check the pilot light

That is if there’s no hot water. While hot water can be a sign of water heater failure, it could also mean that the pilot light is out.

Examine the water

Does the water coming out of your faucet appear rusty? If so, it could mean possible water heater failure.

Look for sediment

Signs of muddy water or sediment in the water tank could be telling you something. Attach a hose to the drainage bib on the water heater, turn the unit off, and drain in order to examine its contents.

Pay attention to noises

While there are normal sounds that your water heater makes, loud cracks and pops could indicate something more serious – possibly an interaction between elements inside the heater and the mineral deposits built upon them.

Take leaks seriously

If you see leaking water around your water heater, disconnect the electricity (or turn down the gas) and let the water cool down.

At Blue Mountain Plumbing, our technicians are trained and experienced in water heater repairs and replacement. We proudly serve Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, and Staunton, Virginia. Call 877-280-5777 for all of your plumbing needs.


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