Hot water heaters are absolutely essential for any Tampa homeowner. They allow you the comfort of a hot shower or bath, and they also give you extra sanitizing power when you are washing clothes or dishes. Hot water heaters typically have long life expectancy, that range anywhere from 15 to 20 years with proper care. Most homeowners will honestly put it out of their minds that their unit will need to be replaced someday. They just assume that someday will be later down the line, even when it was actually yesterday.

Fortunately, hot water heaters do give off some signs that the time has come to replace them. If you see any of the following signs, you should call your local Tampa plumber to inspect your hot water heater and determine whether it needs to be replaced.

There Is No Hot Water

There are a variety of issues that could be causing your hot water heater to not be producing hot water. Your pilot light could be out, your power source could simply have disconnected or you may have a damaged component. However, it’s also a sign that you may have a water heater that needs replacing. If your unit has exceeded its projected life expectancy, you will need to replace the unit instead of trying to repair it.

The Tank Is Leaking

Sometimes hot water heaters will leak. Some of these leaks are easily repaired by one of our licensed plumbers in Tampa, but some can indicate it’s time to replace your water heater. If the leak is located in the main tank and caused by corrosion, it’s time to replace your unit.

There Is Rust or Discoloration in the Hot Water

Whenever you see discoloration in your water, call our Tampa plumbing service immediately. This can be a sign of a pipe failure, rust in your pipes or a failing water heater. It is crucial to determine the cause of the discoloration and have it handled immediately.

The Hot Water Runs Out Too Quickly

If you’ve lived in your home for even a short while, you know how long it takes before the hot water runs out. If it seems like the hot water is always running out more quickly than you expect it to, you may be having issues with your Tampa water heater.