What’s Going On With My Water Heater

Are you noticing problems with your water heater tank? Here are the five signs that you may need a repair or replacement.

A functioning water heater is essential for every home. Without it, everyday tasks such as doing the laundry or washing the dishes would be impossible. That’s why it’s crucial to make sure that your water heater is in good condition. Here are five signs that will tell you something is wrong before your water heater completely quits.

Expiration Date

Did you know water heaters have an expiration date? You can find it by looking for the serial numbers on the manufacture’s sticker, which is usually located near the top of the tank. The first two numbers represent the expiration year. If you find that your water heater is more than 10 years old, it’s time for a new one.

No Hot Water

The most common sign of an old or malfunctioning water heater is the failure to produce hot water throughout the home. If your shower is freezing cold, there may be leaks, rust, or sediment buildup within the water heater tank. Let’s touch on each of these issues.


It’s no secret that water heaters produce heat when running. However, what you might not know is that the heating of metal within the tank can cause it to expand. Overtime, this expansion may cause slight fractures in the tank, producing water leaks, and even causing significant damage to your home. If you find a leak, have a professional replace your tank as soon as possible.

Rusty Water

If your home faucets are producing hot, rusty water, your tank may be rusting on the inside. Not only is rusty water unsafe for consumption, but it is likely to cause leaking from your water heater. Luckily, there is a way to test this. Fill up several five-gallon buckets. If rust comes from the hot water only, it’s best to consider a replacement, and soon!

Rumbling Noises

As water heater tanks age, sediment builds up on the bottom. When this sediment is heated inside the tank, it hardens and requires your water heater to work harder. This can cause rumbling noises to come from your unit, a sign that it’s time to have your water heater looked at.

Need a water heater repair or replacement? For professional assistance that you can trust, call Isley Plumbing at 317-420-4006 or contact us online today!