Your water heater helps to make everything in your home comfortable. It gives you nice, hot showers, it helps to cook and wash your clothes and dishes. We count on our water heaters a lot. But sometimes you need to have your water heater replaced. it’s best to know the signs so that you can replace it before you are left without any hot water. Below are four signs that your water heater is on the way out and you should buy a new one soon.

Water is Rusty

If you turn on the hot tap and the water is rusty, you might need to replace your water heater. There could be rust on its inside and this could start it leaking. However, if your pipes are galvanized, it might be your pipes that are rusty. Get some five-gallon buckets and drain them right from your water heater. If the water’s still rusty from by your third bucket, it’s your water heater rather than your pipes.

Noise & Rumbling

As your water heater gets older, there will be sediment building up on its bottom. As this sediment gets heated over and over, this will become hard.

When this occurs, you often will hear banging or rumbling sounds from your water heater. This means that it will need to be replaced soon.

Water Pooling Around Your Water Heater

Look around your water heater. If you are noticing moisture around it, it could mean that there’s a fracture or small leak in your tank. As its metal heats, it will expand. If there are tiny fractures, there could be water leaking from your tank. After the tank’s cooler, its inner tank is going to stop leaking.

That being said, before you replace the water heater, check and ensure there aren’t any other leaks that are coming from the tank’s connections or fittings. You also want to ensure the pressure/temperature overflow pipe’s not leaking. If all of its fittings and connections are dry, you may need to replace your heater.

The Water Heater is Old

If you have had it for a while, there’s a good chance that it will need to be replaced soon. Most water heaters will only last around 10 years. Try and remember when you bought it, and when you replace it mark the date down somewhere handy. This way you know when it’s time to replace your new one.

It Isn’t Working the Way It Did

Are you noticing changes in your hot water? Maybe you have to inch your knob on the shower over a bit more? Or maybe it takes forever to heat up? If you’re noticing either of these two things, there’s a good chance you are due for a new water heater.

These are five signs that you may need a new water heater soon. If you are noticing any of these signs, you want to start shopping around or call your plumber. Otherwise, you may wake up to a day without hot water.