Water heaters don’t work indefinitely. Even a well-maintained one will only last around 8–12 years, normally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to be knowledgeable about the hints that it’s failing. If not, you could be without hot water for several days while you wait for a new one.
Here are six common signs that your water heater is wearing out.
1. Your Water Heater is Past 10 Years Old
Just because your water heater is older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll possibly have to install a new one shortly. As time passes, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to add warmth to water. Ultimately, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating parts to malfunction. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which might damage your Huntsville residence.
By getting a new water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient options. If you choose an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could be eligible for added rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t end there, because an ENERGY STAR water heater could save you up to $3,500 on utilities over its lifetime.
Changing from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For households hat need 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 typically last for around 20 years, which is about twice the life expectancy of a tank water heater.
2. Water Heater is Leaky
In some instances leaks are just the outcome of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a hint that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case you’ll need professional help from All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc to determine the issue.
3. Water is the Wrong Color
If your typically clear water unexpectedly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be the problem. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has accumulated in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc recommends having your water heater examined by a professional
4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water
As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater works harder to create warm water. Because of this, it will take longer for it to produce hot water, and hot water will run out much more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater needs to be replaced.
To stop sediment from building up in your tank, All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc recommends having one of our professionals flush it annually.
5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises
Just like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a sign that sediment has accumulated in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, leading to the strange sounds. As time passes, the stress on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.
6. You’re Always Having to Have Water Heater Repair
Over its life span, your water heater might require small repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re constantly getting in touch with All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc for help or a crucial part has failed, you should schedule water heater installation.
It’s stressful when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you contact All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc at 256-801-4701 for water heater installation in Huntsville. From picking the right style for your needs and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the entire process uncomplicated. Contact us to book your appointment right away!