We depend on water to safely operate our businesses and homes. Thanks to the hot water heater, we have more convenient access to safe, heated, potable water than ever before.

However, water heaters can wear down over time or may malfunction seemingly out of nowhere. When repair bills become more frequent or severe damage occurs, it’s time to consider replacing the water heater in your home or business.

At MN Plumbing & Home Services, we understand how vital a functioning water heater is for your business or home. Below, we talk about signs that it might be time to replace your existing water heater model before extreme repair or damage the surface.

Plumber checking newly replaced water heater by touching the outside with his hand

Signs It's Time to Replace Your Water Heater

Water heaters require a significant financial investment for the heater and the labor to install them. By understanding the signs below, you can prepare yourself for the cost of replacing a water heater.


The older a unit gets, the more its components break down. This means that, over time, a water heater becomes less energy-efficient and may need more repairs.

If your unit is over ten years old, consider upgrading to a newer water heater. These units offer more energy efficiency and temperature control than their older counterparts.

Leaks and Flooding

Water anywhere outside of your heating unit indicates serious problems. Leaks and flooding can result from:

  • Corroded hot water pipes
  • A clogged drain valve
  • A faulty pressure relief valve
  • Broken or weathered seals
  • Leaking cold water lines
  • Cracks in the expansion tank
  • And more

If you notice water leaking from your unit, contact a plumbing professional as soon as possible.

Frequent Repair Bills

A heater's components increasingly fail as it ages. In some newer units, faulty construction causes a similar effect.

Whatever the cause, frequent water heater repair bills indicate the need to replace a water heater.

Anything unusual for your water system means further inspection might pay off. If you feel like your water heater is making more noise than usual or if your water changes colors, don't hesitate to call an expert.

Options for Water Heater Replacement

If you need a new unit, you have a few options available. Depending on your preference of fuel type, the availability of a gas line, and your water needs, you can choose from:

Each design offers benefits and drawbacks. For example, although gas works as an efficient fuel source, a gas heater requires the installation of gas lines, the use of a gas burner, and other changes.

Meanwhile, tankless water heaters cut down on water waste and save space, while an electric water heater offers peak efficiency and varying tank size.

Find Water Heater Installation and Repair Near You

Don't let a minor issue like a damaged direct vent pipe or a malfunctioning gas control valve escalate into something worse. Reach out to MN Plumbing & Home Services at (952) 469-8341 today.