Signs You Need a Water Heater Replacement
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A new water heater after a water heater replacement.

There have been plenty of advancements in water heater technology, but no unit will last forever. In this article, our team at Bullseye Home Services wants to share some signs that you may need a water heater replacement. Our certified technicians serve residents and businesses throughout Sarasota, Florida, and the surrounding Florida Gulf Coast communities. Call our office to learn more or book a consultation online. 

How many years does a water heater last?

Many factors go into determining how long your water heater will last. But the most important thing is how well you take care of it. Have you been keeping up with regular maintenance? Here at Bullseye, we suggest scheduling maintenance services at least once a year. 

Another determinant is the type of water heater you have. Tank-style water heaters tend to need to be replaced more often than the tankless variety. Other factors include whether you have hard water and how often you use the unit. Generally, if you invest in regular maintenance, most water heaters last 8-18 years.

What are some signs that I need a water heater replacement?

If your water is hot and the flow is good, most likely your hot water tank is just fine. But if you notice any of the following warning signs, it’s time to call Bullseye Home Services:

Rumbling, crackling or banging sounds

Do you have hard water? If so, calcium can build up in the water heater tank and collect at the bottom. When the deposits harden, you’ll begin hearing banging and rumbling sounds. These sounds mean your water heater is on its last legs. 

Strange smelling water

Water should never have a strange scent. If it does, it could be because of metal exposed in your water heater or a buildup of bacteria. If your water smells odd, contact Bullseye Home Services for assistance immediately. 

Discolored hot water

Have you noticed yellow or reddish water coming from your taps when you use hot water? That could mean it is tinted from rust from your hot water tank. 

Limited hot water

Is your water not staying hot? Is it becoming cold in the middle of your shower? It could be a problem with your hot water heater. This could possibly be caused by sediment buildup. Consequently, this is a good indication that your entire hot water tank needs to be replaced. To get answers, call Bullseye Home Services immediately.

Water leaking from the water heater

This is bad news and a sure sign that you require water heater replacement. When corrosion inside the tank causes a fissure, the tank will hemorrhage water. If you live in Sarasota, Florida, and experience water leaking from your water heater, call Bullseye Home Services right away. 

How can I find the age of my water heater?

Maybe you’ve recently bought a home with a previously installed water heater. Many people in this situation want to know its age. Is there a way to find out? 

First, locate the serial number. You can usually find it on the upper part of the tank. Once found, try a few online searches. It should lead you to the make, model and year it was made. 

If you search online and can’t find any information or you can’t locate the serial number, call Bullseye Home Services. Our local technicians can inspect your water heater to determine its age. We also offer preventive maintenance services to keep the unit in optimal condition. 

Is your water heater showing any of the signs mentioned above? If so, it’s time to call our team at Bullseye Home Services for a water tank inspection. If our technicians discover any issues, we can discuss your options, including water heater replacement. Our friendly staff is ready to assist, so call today or reach out to us using this website.


Schedule an appointment with the leading provider of plumbing, drain, and sewer services in Sarasota, FL, and nearby areas. Choose Bullseye when you need expert repair, replacement, or maintenance.

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