When to Replace Your Water Heater Published on March 07, 2017 Should you replace your water heater? Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some indicators to look for when deciding whether it’s time to invest in a new water heating system. Age If your water heater has annual maintenance, you can expect it to operate around ten years, depending on the number of occupants in a home. When your water heater reaches 10 years, it’s usually time to seriously discuss replacement, especially before a leak occurs. Rusty Water If the water from your water heater (hot side pipes) is streaming out rusty, it may be a signal that your water heater is rusting on the inside. This could produce a leak, not to mention impure water. Call an expert plumber to have them see if your water heater system is getting ready to fail on you. Odd Noises Booming or thumping sounds coming from your water heater can be a sign that sediment has built up on the foundation of the tank. This means your equipment will be less efficient and will demand more gas or electricity to heat your water, causing higher water heating bills. It also means that the additional time spent heating your water could result in more damage on your tank, which could cause cracks or leaks. Water If you discover water around your water heater tank, you may have a leak. Ask an expert plumber to come out and inspect your system and they can supply you a quote on a new water heater if necessary.