Water heaters don’t last for eternity. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only work around 8–12 years, normally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s essential to be knowledgeable about the signs that it’s wearing out. If not, you might not have hot water for a couple days while you wait to replace it.
Here are six common clues that your water heater is going bad.
1. Your Water Heater is Past 10 Years Old
Just because your water heater is aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to replace it shortly. Over time, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to heat water. Ultimately, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating parts to stop working. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which could damage your Alice house.
By installing a new water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient features. If you go with an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you may get extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t quit there, because an ENERGY STAR style could save you up to $3,500 on utilities over its lifetime.
Switching from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For households hat require less than 41 gallons of water daily a tankless water heater is typically 24–34% more efficient than a tank water heater, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. What’s even better is that tankless water heaters usually last for around 20 years, which is about two times the life expectancy of a tank water heater.
2. Water Heater is Losing Water
In some cases leaks are just the outcome of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a sign that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need professional support from Rescue Heating & Air to get to the bottom of the trouble.
3. Water is the Wrong Color
If your normally clear water unexpectedly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be at fault. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has grown in the tank, while rusty water is a hint there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, Rescue Heating & Air recommends having your water heater checked out by a pro
4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water
As sediment increases in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to produce warm water. Due to this, it will require longer for it to warm water, and warm water will be used up more quickly. Both are a sign that your water heater is going out.
To keep sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Rescue Heating & Air recommends having one of our professionals flush it yearly.
5. Water Heater is Making Odd Noises
Like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has accumulated in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, leading to the strange sounds. Over time, the extra work on your water heater can create cracks and leaks.
6. You’re Constantly Requiring Water Heater Repair
Over its lifetime, your water heater could need little repairs, including valve replacement. But if you’re often contacting Rescue Heating & Air for assistance or a critical part has failed, it’s time for water heater installation.
It’s exhausting when your water heater is just about to stop working or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you get in touch with Rescue Heating & Air at 361-265-4371 for water heater installation in Alice. From choosing the right solution for your needs and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the complete process uncomplicated. Give us a call to book your appointment today!