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Signs You Need to Replace Your Water Heater

A good water heater can last for many years, and there are services here in Glenview, IL that can perform regular maintenance sessions to keep it operating at its best. Sooner or later, however, any system needs replacing and no matter how faithfully your water heater does its job, you’re going to need to have a new one installed eventually. Signs that your water heater is about to fail are subtle, especially considering that most water heaters are tucked away in parts of the house such as the basement or garage that don’t see day-to-day traffic. If you look closely, however, you should be able to determine if your water heater is in trouble and can schedule a replacement session.

Rusty Water

The anode rod in your water heater is supposed to take care of rust, but if it isn’t replaced or the heater experiences other problems, rust will built up on the sides. That can pass on into your faucets, and if discolored water or rusty water shows up in your home, the water heater may be rusted to the point where a breach is inevitable.


Breaches can sometime reseal when the water in the tank cools down. But puddles will still form around the base of the unit. They indicate a need for serious repair at the least and may necessitate replacing the entire unit.

Rumbling Sounds

Unusual sounds don’t necessarily indicate an emergency, though they often signal a problem that needs fixing. Louder noises like rumbling or groaning, however, indicate a serious problem that requires a replacement.

Age can compound these issues and if they occur in any water heater more than 10 or 15 years old, you should call for a replacement session immediately. Reliance Plumbing, Sewer and Drainage, Inc. is standing by to help now!

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