Water heaters provide your Frederick, MD, area home with all the hot water you need for showering, washing dishes, cleaning, laundry and more. A typical water heater with a tank lasts for about 10 years. Read on to learn five signs that you’ll need a water heater replacement soon.

Rusty or Discolored Water

Internal rust or corrosion may lead metal to flake away from the water heater tank. The rust flakes could show up in your hot water. The water may appear orange or brown.

Insufficient Hot Water Supply

As water heaters age, sediment builds on the heating element. This reduces the heating element’s ability to heat the water. You may notice that your shower gets cold halfway through or that you have to turn the dial to the hottest setting.

Unusual Noises

Buildup on the heating element may cause the water heater to make unusual sounds. If you hear banging, buzzing or hissing, a water heater replacement is in your short-term future.

Erratic Water Temperature

The water heater’s thermostat controls the water temperature. A thermostat problem or buildup on the heating element could cause erratic temperatures. If the water heater is old and inconsistently heating water, a replacement is a good idea.


Metal expands and contracts when exposed to temperature changes. Each time you use hot water, the tank empties and refills with cold water. Combined with minerals in your home’s water, the rust and small cracks allow water to leak. Fittings, valves and seals may also fail. If your water tank is leaking, you need to replace your water heater.

Awareness of these signs that you’ll need a water heater replacement soon helps you take action as quickly as possible. You may even want to have your water heater replaced before it completely fails. When you’re in need of a water heater replacement, Eric Smock Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. is the right choice. For more details or to schedule service, call us today.

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