Problems with your water heater can not only be inconvenient but they can also cause your water heater to have a shorter life. Incorrect water temperatures, loud water tanks, rust colored water, and bad smells from your water tank or faucets can all be signs of water heater issues. If cared for properly, water heaters can have an average life span of 10-12 years. Having your water heater maintained every 6 months can increase your water heater’s lifespan and ensure you don’t have to replace your water heater before it’s time. Ignoring water heater issues can also cause extensive damage to your water tank in the long run, forcing you to replace your water heater before it’s time.