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“A traditional tank water heater will last about 8 to 12 years. Understanding how a hot water heater works and performing regular maintenance can maximize its life span.

When to Replace offers the following list of ways to know when your water heater needs to be replaced.

  • A banging or rumbling noise, which can be caused by hardened calcium buildup from hard water.
  • An odd smell in hot water. This could be caused by bacteria or metal contaminating the water.
  • A red or yellow tint to hot water, which can signal rust.
  • A drop in water temperature or heating capacity can be caused by sediment buildup, which can require replacement if it goes unchecked for too long.”

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One of the most obvious signs that may indicate a replacement is necessary is when you see water pooling around the bottom of the water heater. Unless the valve or fitting is broken, it’s possible that the tank itself might be cracked. If that’s the case then the only recourse is getting the water heater replaced.

If you’re not sure what the issue is with your water heater contact Apple Valley Eagan Appliance at 952-953-0080. We offer not only repair service but also water heater installation for gas and electric models.