Wanting a nice, hot shower in the morning is not too much to ask for. If you find that there is no hot water and this problem persists, then it might be time to look into getting a new water heater. There are various other symptoms of a broken heater to watch out for.
Discolored water is a huge cause for concern. The rust might be coming from the pipes, and if that is the case, then the water heater itself is fine. However, the rust may be forming inside the heater, and if that is causing the rust color, then you need to get a new one promptly.
If there is a puddle of water around the heater, then a leak has likely formed somewhere. Before deciding you need a completely new heater, you should check all of the fittings to ensure none of them are loose. When everything else looks fine, then the heater itself is to blame.
Old Water Heater
Many times, 10 years is the maximum lifespan for a water heater. Some types are more resilient than others. You can wait until an actual problem develops, but many people prefer getting a new heater before they get inconvenienced.
Do not wait for a problem to develop. Contact an expert plumber to assist you in getting a new water heater. Call Hansen Plumbing at 920-757-6863 to replace your water heater.