5 Signs Your Water Heater Is Dying

While we don’t often think about where our hot water comes from until there is a problem, water heaters don’t last forever. Unfortunately, there are many reasons why a water heater might fail. But what should you be looking for?

Replacing a water heater can be a major investment, so it is important to know some of the tell-tale signs that your water heater is starting to fail—so you can replace it before it floods your house and becomes a major inconvenience. 

The Top 5 Signs That Your Water Heater is Dying

If you notice any of the following signs, call our team at Super Heat & Air for a water heater inspection! 

Weird Noises

If you hear popping, clanging, or groaning from your water heater, there is a chance that mineral sludge has accumulated inside due to heating “hard” mineral-filled water. This mineral sludge can become superheated and eventually pops or clangs.  

Over time your water heater will become less efficient and will take more time to heat your water. Plus, mineral deposits can cause rust to form, and in turn, cause your water heater to leak. 

In Tampa, we have hard water which can be fixed by installing a water softener. Talk to our experts to see if this is a good option for you!


One of the worst-case scenarios is that your water heater could burst, causing a flood. Even a small leak or moisture at the base of your water heater is a sign that your water heater is dying, and minor issues can escalate quickly. 

Though you may not want to install a new one, it is much cheaper than cleaning up and restoring your home after water damage caused by a water heater flood. 

Lack of Hot Water

The most common sign of trouble with your water heater is a lack of hot water coming from your faucets. 

There are many reasons why your water is not getting hot, including a failing pilot light, mineral deposit build-up, or even a broken dip tube inside the heater that prevents cold water from being heated. 

If you notice any variations in water temperature, contact Super Heat & Air. We will inspect your water heater for any issues and make recommendations on repairs or replacement. 

Cloudy or Rusty Water

Corrosion inside your water tank can cause cloudy or rusty water. Your water might also taste or smell metallic. While most water heaters come with an anode rod to prevent rusting, if it wears down or breaks, it can cause water discoloration. 

To replace the anode, contact one of our technicians, it can be a little tricky to install yourself! 

Faulty or Leaky Pressure Release Valve

If your pressure release valve begins to leak, the first step is to replace the valve. However, if you are still experiencing leaking after replacement, you may have a bigger problem. 

If you are unsure of why your pressure release fall is not working properly, call our team at Super Heat& Air!

Bonus: Your Water Heater is Over 10 Years Old

If your water heater is over 10 years old, or you have no idea when it was last replaced, it could be at the end of its lifespan. 

Tampa Bay Water Heater Repairs and Replacements 

If you notice any of the above signs of water heater failure, call Super Heat & Air for an inspection and consultation! We will inspect every part of your water heater to ensure whether repair or replacement is the best choice. 

If you experience a water heater emergency after hours, our team is available 24/7 for emergency repairs because superheroes don’t take a day off! 

Call us to schedule an appointment today— (813) 981-7631!