An issue with the water heater in your Kittanning, Pennsylvania, home could lead to water damage. It can also increase your utility bills and cause your family discomfort. You can prevent these problems and save money by scheduling time to replace your aging heater. That way, you can devote adequate time to finding the best model available and avoid dealing with inconvenient breakdowns. Strange noises, discolored water or leaks are some signs that you could need a new water heater.

Strange Noises

Over time, sediment buildup inside your heater can cause popping, rumbling or cracking sounds. In an electric water heater, this reduces the efficiency of the heating coils and creates unpleasant smells.

Most water heaters have a magnesium, zinc, or aluminum sacrificial anode rod to attract minerals and prevent corrosion. These excess minerals also take up lots of space in the tank and make you run out of hot water faster. With minor cases, you can have the tank drained and get the anode rod replaced. If the problem is more severe, you’ll need to replace your water heater.

Discolored Water

Another sign of sediment is hot water that looks red or brown. It could also have a metallic taste. If your discolored cold water, you may have a corroded pipe instead of a malfunctioning heater. Therefore, it’s best to have a professional diagnose the issue before moving forward.


If you see water damage or biological growth on the floors around your water heater, you might have a leak. You should use your home’s circuit breaker to disconnect your water heater’s power supply, turn off your water, and have your tank replaced as soon as possible. You may also need to replace part of the flooring underneath your unit.

Miller Plumbing & Heating has decades of water heater, plumbing and HVAC experience. We can help you choose and maintain the best model for your home. For quality service from our friendly professionals, call us at (724) 349-6676.

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