We’re willing to bet you don’t give your water heater much thought unless something seems to be wrong. And that’s a good thing! You shouldn’t have to worry about your hot water going cold or, even worse, your unit springing a leak that could cause serious damage to your home. But how do you know if it’s time to start thinking about upgrading or replacing your hot water heater? Take a look at these signs that you can keep an eye out for.

Age and usage

Most tank style water heaters will last between 10 and 15 years. But even the best models can break down. It’s a good idea to know the age of your water heater so you can make decisions about replacement with your plumber. Also take into consideration how often your family uses the water heater. For example, a family of six will typically wear down a water heater faster than a family of three. If the water heater is getting older, it’s time to start talking about replacement before an unexpected malfunction.

Cold water

Nothing starts a cold morning off right like a hot shower. But do you get unexpected cold blasts of water during your shower? Or does the hot water seem to be running out faster than usual? These are both signs that something could be wrong with your unit.

Dirty water


A water heater than is at the end of it’s lifespan can have effects on the water it produces. If the water looks muddy or sandy it could mean you have a buildup of sediment in the tank. You might also notice that the water has a metallic smell and taste to it. These are all signs of breakdown and an indicator that a professional needs to inspect the unit.  

Weird noises

Did you hear that? It might be the water heater! Do you find your water heater making popping, cracking or even rumbling noises? If it doesn’t sound like the normal sounds your unit usually makes, it’s time to have an expert come inspect it.

Leaking water  


Finding leaking water in your home is definitely cause for alarm. Even if it’s a small leak, leaving it unchecked can result in a major breakdown. No one wants to deal with the headache and expense of a home flood. Call Strittmatters ASAP if you notice any water coming from your unit. We’ll send one of our expert technicians out to take a look and diagnose the problem.

Keeping up on regular plumbing maintenance can also keep your water heater running longer. Our technicians can service your plumbing system and alert you to any problems they find. If you think it’s time for a new water heater or if you want to make sure your current system is still running at full efficiency, call our Strittmatter team at 940-566-1122.