When to Replace

WHEN DO I NEED TO REPLACE MY WATER HEATER?

A water heater here in the Sacramento area, typically last about 9-12 years depending on usage and water conditions.
Look for the date on the water heater factory label. Some of the signs that your water heater is going bad are…
1) Warm water, even though your water heater is turned up to the highest-setting.
2) Your hot water runs out fast,
3) Your water heater makes a loud rumbling sound,
4) You see rust in your shower or bathtub.
5) Calcuim deposits (corrosion) on the outside of the tank.
6) Water around the outside base or top of your water heater.

Click on “Date Codes” button below to find the age of your water heater.

Follow the scale below to determine the inside condition of your water heater:

  • 8 years or younger: Your water heater is ok.
  • 9-10 years old: Some water heaters have failed at this age (usually retail box store models).
  • 11-12 years old: Usually only working at 75% efficiency, replacement is suggested.
  • 13 years & over: Must be replaced as soon as possible.


Replace if water is leaking from top of tank.
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