Many homeowners don't pay attention to their hot water heater until it doesnt work any longer. Most water heaters good working age is between 8-12 years. When near this age, homeowners should consider budgeting for a replacement or replace soon to prevent unexpected failure and possible further damage if not properly installed with drain pans and proper TPRV (Temperature Pressure Relief Valve) discharge lines.
If your hot water heater is due for replacement, contact a local plumber for replacement to ensure it is installed properly and per current building standards and local codes/requirements.
Use the link below to help determine the age of your hot water heater.
Water Heater Dating Chart