Most people don’t give a lot of thought to their water heater until it has a problem. But waiting could mean a lot of inconvenience and even damage to your home. Luckily there are usually clues that you might need to replace your water heater before complete failure occurs.


Small leaks can be a sign of worse things to come. If you notice a small leak, check lines and connections nearby to rule out other sources of the leak. If it’s coming from the water heater, it could mean the water heater is on the road to failure.


Rusty water originating from your water heater is also a bad sign. You’ll want to rule out the possibility that the rust is coming from your pipes instead.


Hissing, banging, or other strange noises coming from the water heater can be caused by buildup of sediment in the tank. Besides the sounds, the sediment can increase wear and tear as well as cause your water heater to be less efficient.


Water heaters more than 10 years old are good candidates for replacement, as this is the approximate life expectancy. If you’re not sure about your water heater’s age, the serial number will tell you the manufacture date. Simply check the manufacturer’s website for details on how this is coded in the serial number.
Any of these could be signs that your water heater might fail soon. If you notice these signs, or if your water heater isn’t working properly, contact Keefe Plumbing Company, Inc. at 423-622-3178.

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  • norman slovis

    December 25, 2017 | Reply

    my wife and I are senior citizens 75 years young! I have a chronic heart problem. Yesterday, Christmas Eve, I called as we have a water heater emergency. It was late, but the gentleman on call, I believe David, called right back. He advised that someone would call us back Tuesday morning and hopefully have a new heater installed by the end of the day..That would be wonderful.. Great response.

  • Donna Levitt

    September 8, 2018 | Reply

    Could someone contact me Monday ...our home is up for sale and I noticed a drip in water heater in located in garage. 4232404747

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