How Old is Your Water Heater?

The water heater in your home is likely one of the most sought after appliances in your home. It’s easy to take a hot shower, do a load of laundry, wash dishes in the dishwasher and get some hot water from the kitchen sink. It’s easy to take these for granted and forget about the source of the warmth.

You don’t want to run out and have to make an emergency call to your plumbing company. This means that preventative measures and maintenance are needed to keep from having leaks or damage.

Water appears to have rust

If the water from your faucet seems to be tinted or dirty, there could be rust in your water heater and this means you need to replace it immediately.  

Water heater making a clanking noise

If your water heater is making a banging noise, then this is the result of residue that has built up over time. The heater will need to work harder and this will drive the energy bill up.

There’s a leak

This is the most common and has led to damage in homes where the heater is in the attic or a second story floor. Find the shut-off valve and call us right away.

No more hot water after one shower 

This could just mean that you have a water heater that is too small for your family. What it could also mean, is that the pilot light has gone out.  

Water is scalding or not warm enough

If the water is either too hot or too cold, then again, it may not be the proper size to accommodate your home and those relying on the warm water. If a gas water heater is undersized, the system will break down in a shorter period of time.


A mature water heater should not go unnoticed. Standard water heaters are built to last 10 or so years. If your’s is past this age, keep a close eye on it or let us take a look.

Call Blanton and Sons to learn more about staying warm in your home this winter!