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Should I Replace My Water Heater Before It Fails?

Your water heater does a lot for your home. It ensures that you and your family can have hot water for your daily tasks. However, it can experience problems as it ages. In fact, once it reaches a certain age, it may make more sense to replace your water heater than repair it. Knowing when to replace your water heater is never easy. You may want to hold onto it for as long as possible. However, there are some benefits of replacing your old water heater before it fails. 

How Often Should I Repair Or Replace My Water Heater?

The average lifespan of a water heater ranges from 10-12 years. At times, it is cheaper to replace your water heater than to repair it. Repairs can be costly, especially if you need them often. Consulting a trusted Plumber ensures you won’t spend more money on repairs than you would on a new water heater. If you own a 10+ year old water heater, a replacement is probably the best way to go.

On the other hand, you don’t want to replace your water heater if it is less than 10  years old and only needs repairs. That is where we come in. We have a team of expert technicians that can help you make this decision and do the needed repairs.

Signs That You Need a New Water Heater

Age is not the only thing that will kill your electric or gas water heater. There may be other signs that point toward a replacement. Here are some sure signs that your water is nearing the end of its lifespan.

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Odd Noises

Water heaters should not be too noisy. When you hear loud, strange noises coming from your water heater, it is likely on its last breath. There may be a buildup of hardened sediment in your water heater system. Your water heater will work harder to compensate for this buildup of sediment. This will lead to more wear and tear and higher utility bills. Be sure to drain your water heater tank annually to prevent the buildup of sediment. It is important that a skilled plumber handles this. Contact Milestone today for your water heater maintenance. 

¼ inch of sediment can decrease your water heater efficiency by up to 40%. The bulk of sediment build-up in water heaters is a form of calcium that comes from hard water. Having your water heater flushed annual can help decrease the amount of sediment that builds up, helping project your investment and make it last longer. Installing a whole home water filter or water conditioner can also help your water heater last longer. Note: We do not recommend flushing a water heater over the age of 6 if it has not been already annually flushed. 

Failure to Heat Water

Your water heater may not heat your water adequately if the gas burner or electric elements has failed. If the temperature of your water is inconsistent, contact us. If this is not repairable, Milestone can provide options for the best solution. 

External Damage

Of course, rust, cracks, and punctures are never good. If your hot water heater is visibly damaged, repairs typically don’t help much. A replacement may be the best option, especially if your water heater is 10+ years old. 


When your water heater starts leaking, the best way to combat it is with a replacement. Your water heater may be building up too much pressure inside due to a problematic relief valve, leading to leaks. If your water is leaking, contact us as soon as possible to discuss the right replacement option for your home. 

Should I Replace My Water Heater Before It Fails?

Many people wait for their water heater to fail before they schedule a replacement. However, there are many benefits to replacing your water heater before it gives up. 

When you notice the signs we mentioned, it gives you time to find a suitable replacement. If you look for a water heater once yours has stopped working, you may be rushed and not buy the right water heater. Having sufficient time to choose your water heater means that you can find the perfect one for your home.

In addition, your leaking water heater could cause further damage to your property. You can prevent this damage and save money on increased utility bills by finding a suitable replacement sooner rather than later. Most importantly, if your water heater fails before you find a replacement, you will be left without hot water for some time. Schedule a consultation about water heater replacement before it fails to avoid these untimely problems.

Water Heater Replacements in DFW

When your water heater reaches the end of its life, you can take comfort in knowing that you have a reliable team of Plumbers at your service. We will ensure that you get the right water heater for you and your family. Contact Milestone today for more information on our water heater services. We’ll fix it in a flash!