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How Do I Know It’s Time for Water Heater Replacement?


Water heaters start out as one of the most important appliances in your home, but they can quickly turn into the most frustrating when they run into problems. From frequent leaks to corrosion, your water heater could be making you furiously search online for ways to fix or replace it. The truth is always more complex.

A Syracuse water heater replacement can require professional support for a number of different reasons, but it’s figuring out that you need the replacement in the first place that’s the trickiest part. What signs are worthy of a quick repair and which might make you more inclined to replace the system?

These are the issues that we’ll be breaking down today. As long as you’re willing to make the best decision for you and your family in the long term, we can set you on the right path to success.

3 Big Signs of a Failing Water Heater

Leaks and other issues can be a nuisance, but they don’t generally mean that your water heater is failing. These can usually be replaced and your water heater might be just fine once that’s done. But other problems can’t easily be fixed and are signs that you need a new water heater if you’d like your home and comfort to remain in good shape.

Here are three of the most common signs of a failing water heater.


Corrosion is a chemical reaction that happens between your water heater and the water inside of it. Basically, over time the water rusts and deteriorates the shell of your water heater to the point where it springs more leaks and holds the water less efficiently.

While yes–there are plenty of ways to mitigate this, with special materials to line your water heater and an anode rod to absorb all of the corrosion, it’s still not enough to stop the process entirely.

When this happens, your water heater is living on borrowed time.

Frequent Leaks and Issues

While a singular leak is nothing to be too concerned about, many leaks and inefficient energy or fuel bills are. These compounding problems could be a sign that corrosion has eaten through parts of your water heater, or that the components are starting to fail. If you call for repairs yearly or even multiple times a year, then chances are very likely your water heater is failing.


Sediment deposits are a big reason why you always want to get your water heater inspected or repaired by a professional. They’ll notice if there are layers of sediment depositing in your hot water tank and will let you know. Once you’ve detected this problem, it’s a major cause for concern.

Sediment can slowly cause your water heater to lose efficiency and effectiveness. Flushing the water heater is a good short-term solution, but eventually, the system will succumb to sediment and be hard to use. At this point, a replacement is your best bet.

Live a happier, healthier, and more comfortable life—trust Breathe Easy of CNY Heating & Cooling for water heater replacement in Syracuse, NY! We are consumers too! Contact us today!

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