There are several signs that may indicate your water heater might be failing:

  • A complete or partial loss of hot water supply.
  • The unit no longer provides the same temperature or duration of hot water as it had in the past. 
  • Water buildup in or around the area of your water heater may suggest a leak.
  • Water-quality issues, such as rust or sediment visible in your water supply, could indicate the unit may be failing.
  • Excessive corrosion in the body of the heater or at its plumbing connections.
  • Leakage around plumbing fittings.
  • A leak in the body of the water heater. This requires immediate replacement.
  • The water heater makes “percolating” noises – indicating there is a lot of sediment or build-up in the bottom of the tank.

Don’t wait until your water heater leaks all over your floor, damaging everything in its path. If you recognize any of the aforementioned signs, contact your plumber.