6 Signs It’s Time for a New Water Heater

There isn’t much better than a hot shower after a long day at work. But there isn’t much more frustrating than having that steamy shower turn cold on you before you’re ready to get out. If that’s a common occurrence in your home, chances are it’s time for a new water heater. In this post, we’ll take a look at six of the most common signs that it’s time for a new one.


Brown/rusty water: Sometimes water can appear clear when you turn on the faucet, but will appear dirty once it starts to warm up. This can be a result of rust inside your water tank. When the line starts drawing that warm water from the tank, the water can appear red or brown. It’s a tell-tale sign your water heater is getting old.

External corrosion: Rust can impact the outside of the tank as well. If you notice rust spots or corrosion on the exterior of your tank, that means you’ve sprung a leak. The leak means there’s likely rust on the inside too. Draining the tank will tell you just how bad it is.

Tank leak: Even if you don’t have any visible corrosion, you could still have a leak. Make sure to check the area around the base of your tank to make sure no water is getting out.

Bad taste: Excess contaminants from an old tank can also make your water taste less fresh. Your water may taste and even smell like metal.

Loud noises: If rust is building up in the tank, it can block passages and lead to strange noises or loud bangs coming from the water heater. It also limits the tank size, which can cause a rise in your bills.

Shortage of hot water: Maybe the water is rust-free, but it just doesn’t stay warm. As we mentioned above, this can be very frustrating when you’re hoping for a hot shower or bath. When the heating function goes, the water heater is useless.


You flush your toilet every time you use it, but it can be a good idea to flush your water heater as well. Draining your tank about once a year will help prevent sediment buildup. This is especially important in the Midland and Odessa areas, as the water tends to be harder, and contain more contaminants. Flushing the tank can be accomplished by a homeowner – see basic instructions in this previous post.


A good hot water heater should last from 8-12 years depending on a variety of factors, including how well you maintain it. If you’re experiencing problems with the heater and it’s more than 12 years old, it’s usually a good idea to purchase a new one instead of paying for repairs. If you’re not sure how old it is, be sure to check the label.


When you’re ready to go for a new water heater – or even try a new tankless water heater – The Bosworth Company has you covered. Call us today at 432-570-5233 or make an appointment online, and we’ll introduce you to the option that’s right for you. It’s Worth the Call. Always.