Water heaters give our homes hot water. They’re pretty dependable and last a long time. But you should change your water heater about every 15 years. So how can you tell when it’s time to replace your water heater? 

At Bell’s Appliance Service, we offer many appliance installation and repair services that you can trust. With stores in Greenville and Jacksonville, North Carolina, we also service areas such as Kinston, New Bern, Swansboro, Atlantic Beach, Surf City, Topsail Beach, Tarboro, Pine Knoll Shores, Onslow County, and Pitt County in North Carolina. We offer excellent household appliance installation, so if you need your refrigerator repaired or a new oven installed, we’re here to help! We’re a locally owned, family-operated business, and we specialize in appliance repair, installation, and maintenance services.

The Most Common Water Heater Issues

Water temperature issues

  • Water is cold – Cold water is usually caused by either a lack of power, a faulty thermostat or a faulty heating element. Start by eliminating power as a suspect by resetting tripped circuit breakers and replacing blown fuses. Next, check power switches to make sure they are turned on and power indicators are lit. Finally, check the thermostat to make sure it’s receiving power.
  • Water is warm, but not hot enough – If your water isn’t getting hot enough, the cause could be an undersized water heater, crossed hot and cold connections, or a faulty heating element or thermostat. 


Leaks can come from many different sources:

  • a faulty temperature and pressure (T&P) relief valve
  • improper water pressure
  • overheating
  • a stuck valve
  • a leak from nearby plumbing connection
  • loose heating element bolts
  • a bad gasket
  • a leaking water tank

Discolored water

Rusty water can indicate corrosion of your tank’s inner lining, often caused by a failing anode rod. Contact a professional water heater technician to determine if replacing the anode rod will fix the problem; if not, replace your water heater.

Odd noises

Sediment build-up is most often the cause of odd noises coming from your water heater. You can attempt to fix this problem by flushing the water heater. If you flush your water heater and the problem persists, or if the sediment buildup is too great to remove, contact us – you may need a water heater replacement.

A water heater is a staple in the home. Learning what’s wrong with it is necessary. At Bell’s Appliances, we want to help you with all your installation, repair, and maintenance needs when it comes to household appliances. Give us a call today!

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