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Signs of a Water Heater That’s Too Old

How old is your water heater? Is it possible that you’ve forgotten when you had it installed or last maintained?

It’s okay, before the anxiety sets in, relax and take a deep breath. We work with homeowners all the time that have forgotten to have their water heaters serviced, or that might be dealing with a system that’s 20 or more years old without even realizing it! Water heaters in Delray Beach, FL are incredibly important to your quality of life, and even if yours isn’t showing overt signs of degradation yet, it’s only a matter of time before it breaks down. Instead of dealing with cold showers and an unhappy spouse or child, take a gander at some of the most lesser-known signs of a water heater that’s nearing time for a replacement.

Remember, call on our team of professionals if you think your water heater should be replaced!

A Withering Water Heater

Luckily, a water heater that’s completely broken down is fairly easy to notice, since you’ll be without hot water until it’s repaired or replaced. While your system might not be there yet, there are still some signs that it’s quickly approaching that point. Let’s dive into some of those signs.


This is perhaps the easiest sign to notice when your water heater is on the way out. It doesn’t require any thorough inspection or any loud noises to make you panic—just finding out how old your water heater actually is! If you’re unsure of your water heater’s age, you can usually look at the serial number on the heater itself. The code usually starts with either letters or numbers that represent the date it was manufactured. For instance, a code that starts 0616 would mean it was manufactured June of 2016. Or if you notice a letter, F16 would translate to June of 2016 as well, since F is the sixth letter of the alphabet. If you’re still unsure about what the serial number reads, look on the web or contact one of our professionals to point you in the right direction.

Basically, if your system is older than 10 years, you’re going to notice more frequent and expensive repairs as time goes on. Water heaters aren’t meant to last forever, and it might be a good time to replace yours.

Rusty Hot Water

Your hot water heater has to deal with water every day for years on end. Sometimes that means the system will begin to rust or deal with scaling problems. This gets exacerbated with age, which is why you’ll want to replace it if you’re constantly dealing with rust-colored water or limescale stains everywhere.

Rumbling Sound

Is your water heater rumbling or making some other uncomfortable noise? This could be from sediment built up on the bottom of the tank. Not only will this reduce the efficiency of your system drastically, but it will cause damage to your water heater and eventually cause it to break down. This is a good excuse to call a professional to check out the problem and give a comprehensive solution.

Do you have questions about your specific type of water heater? Don’t worry, at Admiral Plumbing Services, LLC, you can count on nice people and super service. Call our super-friendly team today!

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