Water heaters don’t work indefinitely. Even a well-maintained one will only last around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to know the signs that it’s failing. Otherwise, you might not have warm water for a few days while you wait to replace it.
Here are six common signs that your water heater is dying.
1. Your Water Heater is Past 10 Years Old
Just because your water heater is aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s needing to be replaced right now, but it does mean you’ll likely have to replace it shortly. Over time, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to warm water. Eventually, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating parts to malfunction. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which can damage your Bend residence.
By getting a new water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient options. If you install an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could get additional rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, as an ENERGY STAR style could save you up to $3,500 on water heating over its lifetime.
Changing from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For homes that need less than 41 gallons of water per day, a tankless water heater is often 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 run for around 20 years, which is about twice the lifetime of a tank water heater.
2. Water Heater is Leaky
In some instances leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a broken valve. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless, you’ll need skilled assistance from Tri County Climate Control LLC to figure out the problem.
3. Water is Discolored
If your typically clear water suddenly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be at fault. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has grown in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Tri County Climate Control LLC recommends having your water heater examined by a professional.
4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water
As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to make warm water. As a result, it will require longer for it to produce hot water, and heated water won’t last as long. Both are a sign that your water heater is failing.
To prevent sediment from accumulating in your tank, Tri County Climate Control LLC advises having one of our pros flush it every year.
5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises
Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, resulting in the weird sounds. Over time, the stress on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.
6. You’re Frequently Having to Have Water Heater Repair
Over its lifetime, your water heater may require small repairs, including valve replacement. But if you’re often getting in touch with Tri County Climate Control LLC for help or a big part has failed, you should schedule water heater installation.
It’s exhausting when your water heater is just about to fail or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you contact Tri County Climate Control LLC at 541-238-2797 for water heater installation in Bend. From picking the right model for your home and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the whole process simple. Call us to request your appointment today!