3 Signs It's Time to Upgrade Your Water Heater

Water Heater

On the list of unpleasant things in life, stepping into the shower to find freezing cold water in place of a nice hot shower is definitely close to the top. Getting cold or even too hot water is one of the most obvious signs that something is wrong with your water heater, but there are other noticeable signs you can look out for.


Rusty water coming out of the heater does not always mean there is something wrong with it, but it is worth checking. Rusty pipes can be the result of this, but if your heater is rusting from the inside out you might start experiencing leaking. Try draining the water from the heater with a bucket. If you are still getting rusty water by the third and fourth bucket, the problem is probably with your water heater.


Metal tends to expand when hot, and even the smallest cracks can result in leakage. The leakage might reduce or stop completely when the metal cools down, but the problem still exists. If there is water pooling around your water heater, you need to check it even if you can’t find the source of the leak. Mop the pooling water dry and check back the next day to see if it has happened again or not.


Water heaters can be durable, but they don’t last forever. If yours has lasted a really long time, you should check it out and consider replacement or an upgrade.

You can find more helpful tips on water heaters and general plumbing services from John’s blog as it has a wealth of information. If you have more questions or need to schedule a service, just contact us. We are at your service and would love to hear from you.

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“Dependable Service Plumbing & Air sent a pressure washing company out to clean my entire driveway, when only three small spots were unintentionally put on the corner of my driveway when my neighbor was having a replacement water heater installed. Tommy, the owner of Dependable Service Plumbing & Air, came out to look at my driveway right away, and he had Winston out to clean not only the spots off, but my entire driveway, including my front porch. Winston was very professional, as he explained the difference in concrete between my driveway and my front porch. He also explained the reason for some bad rust stains that were there as a result of metal objects that were mixed into my driveway concrete by my builder. He did an excellent job on everything, and my driveway is now clean enough to have it coated with a light concrete paint (two coats) that I had already contracted out to have done. Caretaker Services Pressure Washing did such a good job of cleaning (about 2,200 lbs. pressure on my driveway & about 400 lbs on my front porch with a household cleaner first) that my coating contractor told me that what is left of my rust stains will all be covered over by the light colored paint. I am very pleased, as he gave me a great education along with a great cleaning job! Also, I will now use Dependable Service Plumbing & Air as my plumber for all my future plumbing needs, as they did a great job for my neighbor!” –-Bill B.