Water leaking from residential home water heater
January 13, 2022

The squeakiest wheel gets the grease, but eventually, that wheel is going to need to be replaced! If your water heater is starting to complain, you may find yourself wondering when it’s time to replace that “wheel” to prevent comfort issues in your Lawton or Fort Sill, OK home. 

The experts at Pippin Brothers are here to help! Here are four signs that your water heater needs to be replaced:

Rust Colored Water From Showerheads or Faucets

Seeing rust in your water can be alarming, especially when you are already taking a shower or in the kitchen preparing a meal. Rust can make its way into your water supply through deteriorated pipes, which will usually clear up after a few gallons of water have cycled through.  But if the rust-colored water persists for longer than a day, the rust buildup in your water heater could be the culprit. This could indicate that your water heater is just around the corner from a disastrous failure, forcing you into an emergency water heater replacement situation. Get ahead of the problem by calling Pippin Brothers today! 

Your Water Heater Is Over a Decade Old

It’s usually best to get ahead of plumbing problems before they turn into emergency situations. If you’re experiencing hot water issues and your water heater is over a decade old, it likely makes more sense to replace it now instead of waiting for it to break down, or spending money repairing a water heater that will need to be replaced soon anyway. Most water heaters have a tank warranty of only 6 years, so you are living on borrowed time. When a tank fails, it will likely flood the space in which it is located resulting in property damage. You’ll save money on your energy bills with a new, efficient water heater, and you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that your family has reliable access to hot water. 

Pippin Brothers will never recommend unnecessary upgrades, and will always try to find the most cost-effective solution to your home comfort problems. 

You Hear Rumbling Coming from Your Water Heater

Sediment from the water being heated inside the tank will settle over time, and create large bubbles of air. If you are hearing a rumbling sound coming from your hot water tank, it is very likely coming from these air bubbles floating through the sediment at the bottom all the way to the top. Issues with sediment in the tank require water heater replacement, though it is not an emergency situation. Schedule water heater installation with Pippin Brothers at your convenience, and enjoy a more efficient, more reliable water heater!

You’ve Found A Puddle Of Water Under Your Hot Water Tank

When dealing with water, a small leak can turn into a big leak rather quickly. Even slow-moving water can erode and deteriorate your plumbing, especially in the case of rust or calcium deposits deteriorating the base of your water heater. Add the expanding and contracting that your hot water pipes go through when heating up and cooling down, and there are many reasons to check for leaks around a water heater. Look for signs of leakage on the intake and outlet valves on the pipes at the top of the water heater as well as the relief valve on the side.

If you have noticed standing water under or around the base of your water heater, the leak should be checked out thoroughly by a plumbing professional. Leaks large enough in size or quantity might warrant water heater replacement. 

Trust Pippin Brothers With Your Water Heater Upgrade

Replacing any major appliance in your home can be stressful, especially when your family’s comfort is affected. Pippin Brothers takes the stress out of plumbing upgrades for Oklahoma families with helpful customer service and professional installations. We stay up-to-date on the latest efficient water heating technology, and we can pair you with the right upgrade for your needs, such as a tankless water heater installation! 

Worried your water heater is on its way out? Pippin Brothers can help! Learn about our high-efficiency water heater replacement options—call 580-699-5662 or contact us today.

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