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Signs You Need a New Water Heater

Thursday, Feb 27, 20

Residential Hot Water Heater

The water heater is an important part of your everyday tasks. From washing dishes to taking a nice hot shower, you need your water heater to keep your day moving smoothly. Having your water heater break down can not only be inconvenient, but it can also be expensive to repair. To save on water and energy, it is essential to replace your older model water heater before a major breakdown can occur.

412 Plumbing is your number one source for water heaters in South Hills. Our expert team has put together a list of common signs it may be time to replace your water heater:

Rusty Water

If you’ve noticed that your hot water has a rusty color, it may indicate that your water heater is rusting on the inside. As the rust continues, your water heater will begin to leak, causing even more issues.

One way to check if your water heater is rusty, fill three or four gallon buckets or other containers some with hot water, some with cold water. If you see that only the hot water is rusty, you likely need a new water heater.

Lack of Hot Water

When you shower, is the water turning cold before you get done? This is another common sign that you need a new water heater. In most cases, this is caused by sediment building up in the tank, which takes up space and separates the water from the heat sources.

Older Water Heater

Check the age of your water heater by checking on the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker. This sticker is located near the top of the water heater. If it is more than ten years old, it is time to consider a replacement.


When metal is heated, it expands, which can lead to slight fractures in your tank where water can leak from. Leaks from your water heater can cause costly damage to your utility room or basement. Your water heater’s inner tank will stop leaking after the metal cools down and shrinks, sealing the leak.

Noise and Rumbling

As your water heater gets older, sediment accumulates in the bottom of the tank. The sediment is heated and reheated when the water tank is used, causing it to harden. This hardened sediment wastes energy and uses up much of the water heater’s capacity.

This sediment can also cause rumbling and other noises and can also cause you to run out of hot water faster. If you hear any banging or rumbling sounds, be sure to also check for leaks.

24/7 Water Heater Repair Services in Pittsburgh

When searching for a “plumber near me,” be sure to choose 412 Plumbing. With a wide range of services and extensive experience in repairing and replacing water heaters, South Hills homeowners can count on 412 Plumbing to get the job done.

With our 24-hour emergency water heater services, we can repair or replace your water quickly and efficiently to get your hot water back and keep your home running smoothly. Contact us today to learn more!


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