Water heaters don’t work indefinitely. Even a well-maintained one will only run around 8–12 years, normally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to know the hints that it’s dying. If not, you might not have warm water for several days while you wait to replace it.
Here are six common signs that your water heater is dying.
1. Your Water Heater is More Than 10 Years Old
Just because your water heater is aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll possibly have to get a new one momentarily. As time passes, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to add warmth to water. Ultimately, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating pieces to stop working. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which can damage your Central Point home.
By getting a new water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient options. If you select an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you may get extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, since an ENERGY STAR style could save you up to $3,500 on utilities over its lifetime.
Going from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For residences hat need less than 41 gallons of water per day 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 run for around 20 years, which is about twice the lifetime of a tank water heater.
2. Water Heater is Leaking
In some cases leaks are just the result of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a broken valve. But they can also be a clue that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case you’ll need skilled help from Titan Heating & Air Conditioning to get to the bottom of the trouble.
3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty
If your typically clear water abruptly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater may 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, Titan Heating & Air Conditioning recommends having your water heater examined by a pro
4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water
As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater works harder to make hot water. As a result, it will take longer for it to warm water, and heated water will run out much more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater needs to be replaced.
To prevent sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Titan Heating & Air Conditioning advises having one of our pros flush it every year.
5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises
Like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, leading to the unusual sounds. Over time, the extra work on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.
6. You’re Always Requiring Water Heater Repair
Over its life span, your water heater could require small repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re frequently contacting Titan Heating & Air Conditioning for help or a critical part has failed, it’s time for water heater installation.
It’s draining when your water heater is just about to fail or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you contact Titan Heating & Air Conditioning at 541-286-6617 for water heater installation in Central Point. From picking the right option for your needs and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the entire process simple. Contact us to request your appointment today!