Don't wait until your water heater experiences a catastrophic failure - these six warning signs can help you prevent a major cleanup!

We typically don’t think about where our hot water comes from until there’s a problem. Unfortunately, water heaters don’t last forever, as much as we’d like them to. In addition, there are many reasons a water heater can fail – but what should you look out for?

Replacing a water heater can be quite an investment. Still, it’s important to recognize some of the telltale signs your water heater is starting to fail, so you can replace it before it floods your house and becomes a disaster recovery effort.

Six signs your water heater is dying

If you’re experiencing any of the following issues, call our expert team for a water heater inspection. Better safe than sorry!

Unusual noises

If you hear groaning, popping, or clanging noises coming from your water heater, there’s a chance that minerals have accumulated inside due to hard water. This sludge-like build-up can become superheated and will eventually cause a ruckus.

Over time, a mineral-filled water heater becomes less efficient and takes more time to heat your water. Plus, mineral deposits promote the formation of rust, which will cause your water heater to spring a leak. Nobody wants that.

In Northeast Ohio, hard water is a common problem. This can be fixed by adding a water softener to your system. This upgrade is inexpensive and offers many benefits. Talk to our experts to see if this is a good option for you!


The worst-case scenario is that your water heater can burst, causing a flood. Even a small leak or moisture at the bottom of your water heater is a sign that your water heater is dying, and a minor issue like this can escalate quickly into a major problem.

Though you may not want to install a new unit, this is a much cheaper option than a professional clean-up and restoration after a water heater flood causes significant water damage to your home.

Not enough hot water

The most common – and obvious – sign of trouble with your water heater is little or no hot water coming from your faucets. There are many reasons why your water won’t get hot, including a mineral build-up, a failing pilot light, or even a broken dip tube inside the heater that prevents cold water from being heated.

If you notice any changes in your water temperature, give us a call. We’ll inspect your water heater for any issues and make a repair or replacement recommendation.

Cloudy or rusty water

Corrosion inside your water tank can change the appearance of your water. It might also taste or smell metallic. While most water heaters do come with an anode rod to prevent rusting, if this device wears out or breaks, it can cause water discoloration. Contact one of our technicians to replace the anode rod, as it can be tricky to install by yourself!

Pressure release valve issues

If your pressure release valve begins to leak, the natural first step is to replace the valve. However, if you’re still experiencing a leak after the valve has been replaced, you probably have a bigger problem. If you’re unsure of why your pressure release isn’t working correctly, call us!

Your water heater is old

If your unit is over ten years old, or you don’t know when it was last replaced, it’s probably near the end of its lifespan. Our experts can help you ascertain the age of your water heater to help you make the best decision for your home and family.

Northeast Ohio water heater repairs and replacements

Are you experiencing one or more of the issues we detailed above? Call Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling for an inspection and consultation! We’ll inspect every part of your water heater to determine whether repair or replacement is the best choice.

If you experience a water heater emergency after hours, our team is available 24/7 for emergency repairs, because that’s how neighbors should treat neighbors!™ Call us to schedule an appointment today – 844-HEY-NEIGHBOR!


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