4 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Hot Water Heater

In the world of plumbing and HVAC, some problems are more noticeable than others, and some are more likely to send you searching for a quick fix. One of the things that no homeowner will stand for is a lack of hot water. A cold shower will often get you on the phone with a plumber right away! It’s quite possible that you need a new hot water heater! In this post, we’ll take a look at when it’s time for a water heater replacement.


A lack of warm water is a telltale sign that your water heater is getting old, but here are a few other signs that it’s time for a replacement.

  • Age: Traditional tank water heaters generally last between 10 and 15 years. Regular maintenance (such as draining it annually) can help, but 15 years is a realistic maximum age for your water heater.
  • Water quality: If your water begins to appear discolored or smell funny, there’s a chance that the inside of the tank has started to rust. In fact, that’s likely the problem especially if you are on city water. Here in West Texas, hard water can cause this to happen sooner than in other areas. If left unchecked, the rust will weaken the metal on the tank and eventually cause a leak.
  • Strange noises: It’s not unusual to hear your water heater turn on and off, but that’s about it. It should not sound like a roar or a rumble. If it does, that means something’s wrong with the tank.
  • Leaks: Once your tank is leaking, it is definitely time for a replacement. The leak will only grow and cause flooding if left unchecked.


There are two primary options when selecting a new water heater. Traditional tank water heaters are still around and work great. These days, another great option is tankless water heaters. They cost a little more upfront, but are energy efficient and provide endless hot water. You can’t run out of hot water with a tankless water heater!


If you’re experiencing cold showers, don’t delay! The Bosworth Company is a proud dealer of Noritz Tankless Water Heaters, and can set you up with the water heater that’s right for you! Schedule an appointment online or give us a call today at 432-570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.