Common Indicators of Needing a New Water Heater

Hey, my sweet friends!

Since we moved to our new house we’ve been busy fixing things. I haven’t post anything on the blog yet because the days don’t have enough hours for me, but you may have seen something on my Instagram. Don’t worry though, I promise to share real before and after pictures of everything, and I tell you there will be a lot!

We made a list of the things to be fixed, and we prioritized depending on the seasons. Before winter started, we fixed windows so when we decided to heat the house it would keep the heat.

Another thing that had to be done was fixing the water heater, nobody wants to take a shower with cold water! Of course after investing the money on a new water heater the DIYer inside us want to make the space where it is pretty, there’s no need to have another eyesore, we already have enough.

The possibilities are endless. If you have old barn wood, or pallet wood, or just scrap wood you can make something like this to conceal the water heater. I love the addition of the hooks

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Via WonenWonen

When it comes to home appliances, it’s always best to get the jump on replacements. This is because not only are appliances like water heaters essential to our overall comfort, they’re also often expensive, and you want to give yourself plenty of time to save up for a replacement. You can read the signs you need a new water heater to know when to start exploring your options and saving up.

Your Heater Is Older Than 10 Years

If your water heater is 10 years old or will soon approach the 10-year mark, it’s a good idea to have a professional HVAC technician come out to take a look at your heater to determine whether it’s time to consider getting a new one. Even if your heater still has a few years left on it, you should still start looking and saving up for a replacement now.

Your Water Is the Color of Rust

Is the water that comes out of your faucets murky or rust-colored? If so, that might be an indication you’re due for a new heater. Signs of rust in water are commonly associated with the existence of rust in the water heater itself as well as the chance your plumbing system is rusting.

This one is really easy to make and it’s explained in detail. You don’t need high woodworking skills to make one

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You Have No Hot Water

While it might take a while for your water to warm up, it shouldn’t feel like you’re using cold water. Should you discover your water never warms up, or it’s not as warm as it used to be, the problem might be the pilot light is out or the circuit breaker has tripped. On the other hand, it’s also possible your broken water heater has stopped living up to its name.


Your Water Heater Has Started to Make Noises

Hot water heaters aren’t supposed to sound like a plane taking off or rocks in a dryer. If your heater has started making loud rumbling or banging noises, do yourself a favor and have it checked out ASAP. The problem might be there’s sediment contaminating your heater. Should the sediment be allowed to build up over time, it can make your water heater operate inefficiently and damage it. Consider upgrading to a tankless water heater to address your need for a new heater and the presence of sediment.

My thrifty heart jumps with joy with this plantation shutter version. Not only it looks amazing but I already have plenty of shutters I keep finding all the time.

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Your Water Smells Odd

Maybe you’ve noticed there’s a weird, metallic smell to your water, or it could be your water has a metallic taste. With both, it might be your water heater is starting to break down and releasing flakes and grit in the inner tank. Drinking grit and flakes certainly isn’t good for your health, and they’re likely not doing you any favors when it comes to washing clothes and showering or bathing.


You Have a Large Household

A water heater for a household of one or two people will undoubtedly last longer than a water heater for a six-person household. Even though water heaters are supposed to last for quite a long time, constant use can wear them out faster than normal. If there are a lot of people who live in your house and use the water heater, have your heater looked at more than someone who lives alone and isn’t home often.


Your Water Heater Repairs Are Skyrocketing

While water heater repairs are unavoidable no matter how well you take care of the appliance, repair bills that steadily increase are a common sign your heater is slowly but surely starting to fail. Rather than spend more money than necessary repairing a water heater that will eventually fail and isn’t as efficient as it once was, it makes much more financial sense to save that money for a brand new and more efficient appliance.

And of course my favorite, because a girl can dream right? If we were not renting I’d go for it, but for now we have enough work and we don’t want to spend time and money on such an improvement like this. Don’t tell me it isn’t dreamy though?

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I hope my tips helped you and the pictures inspired you to hide your own eyesore.

Thanks so much for visiting!!



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  1. Michelle says:

    Our water heater burst last year and it was such a mess. I wish I’d seen your post then Pili because looking back there were quite a few warning signs, especially when the heater started sounding like a jumbo jet taking off I should have known something was wrong. Oh well you live and learn 😉

  2. Mary says:

    Pili I love the options you have show us on how to hide the water heaters. In Greece they have a space above the bathroom that is like a second roof, or crawl space where you can place it. But it can be hard to access. These are such stylish solutions. And I know I’m getting off topic but I just have decorating on the brain lately!

  3. Lauren says:

    Great post — we are definitely heading towards needing a new one but I NEVER thought of hiding the eyesore like these pictures! What great ideas – love the shutters!

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