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5 Signs That It Is Time To Replace Your Water Heater

While most people will never see the entire lifetime of a water heater — as the median time of homeownership in the United States is 13.3 years — there comes a time when every water heater must be replaced. The real question is, how do you know when it is time to replace your water heater?

At Only Water Heaters, we provide homeowners in the Columbus, Ohio area with water heater repair, installation, and replacement services — because if there is one thing that won’t last forever, it is a fully-functional water heater.

Because homeowners such as yourself usually do not know much about water heaters and when it is time to replace them, we thought that we might discuss the 5 most common signs that it is time for you to replace your water heater — and lucky for you, they are all generally easy to diagnose.

Continue reading to learn more.

Your Unit Is Old

Generally speaking, water heaters are built to function optimally for around 10-15 years. One of the best ways to avoid being surprised by a no-longer-functioning water heater, it is important for you to know how old your unit is. And if it is approaching its 10-year mark, it might be time to consider shopping around.

Rusty Water

Have you ever noticed a rusty color in your warm water? No, it is not just because the lighting in your home is bad. In fact, it is turbidity (general murkiness caused by the presence of suspended particulate matter) caused by the interior of your water heater accumulating rust.

If your water heater is rusting, it is important that you replace it immediately — and we recommend a tankless water heater so that you don’t run into this issue again.


Not Enough Hot water

Like any household appliance, it is time to replace your water heater when it stops working as efficiently as it was designed to. That being said, if your water heater is not providing you with as much hot water as it used to, contact your local water heater repair company, such as ourselves, to discuss if water heater repair is a viable option. If the unit is not repairable, it is time to shop around for a water heater replacement.


It is a common misconception that it is normal for water heaters to make noise. In all likelihood, this falsehood spread as a result of people mistaking their furnace firing for their water heater firing — as furnaces make noise and are often located near water heaters. If your water heater is making noises, let one of our team members check it out right away.


One of the most common signs that a water heater is damaged beyond repair is the presence of leaks. If you see a leak, contact our team right away before the water causes more damage to your home and the expense of replacing your water heater (and floorboards) grows.

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If your water heater is showing signs of quitting on you, contact a member of our team right away. At Only Water Heaters, we will either try to repair your water heater, or we will work with you to find the most efficient and reliable replacement for your home. Contact us today for a free replacement estimate.

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