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A splash of cold water can feel exhilarating, particularly when you’re not expecting it. But if your hot water tank stops working, a cold shower won’t be the only thing that will catch you by surprise. Repair or replacement costs can be expensive. And being without hot water can be a major inconvenience. After all, washing dishes and doing laundry depend on it. Unfortunately, by the time you realize there’s a problem, it’s often too late. Lucky for you, there are early signs that your water heater is beginning to fail – so you can take care of any issues before you’re all wet.

Less hot water – If you notice that your hot showers don’t last as long or aren’t as hot as you like, it’s probably due to rust buildup in the tank. Water tanks contain an anode that protects them from corrosion by corroding first. Once the anode fails, the rust begins to affect the tank.

Rusty water – Rust buildup can also appear in the running water throughout your house. If you see rusty water, it’s either from your pipes or your hot water heater. If you’re not sure, run the cold water. If the rusty color disappears, it’s probably time to replace the tank. Water around the tank – Puddles around your tank are a strong indication that it’s going bad. And, if you don’t see it leaking directly, that doesn’t mean it isn’t. If the water in the tank is cold, the leak may seal itself until it’s hot again.

Most water heaters should be replaced after 10 years. If you don’t notice any of the above symptoms, and your tank isn’t in a place that could cause water damage, you may be able to wait. Otherwise, you should consider buying a new one – or at least having it checked.

FirstEnergy partners with HomeServe to offer a variety of great protection and repair plans that can save you money and the hassle of finding a qualified professional to handle the repairs.

Visit the Protection and Repair Plans section on this site for more information.