6 Clues Your Water Heater is Wearing Out

January 12, 2021

Water heaters don’t last indefinitely. Even a well-maintained one will only last around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to be knowledgeable about the hints that it’s dying. Otherwise, you might not be able to use warm water for several days while you wait to install a new one.

Here are six common clues that your water heater is dying.

1. Your Water Heater is Older than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll likely have to get a new one momentarily. As the years go by, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to warm water. Eventually, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating pieces to fail. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which could damage your West Jefferson home.

By replacing your water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient options. If you go with an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you might receive additional rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t quit there, since an ENERGY STAR model could save you up to $3,500 on water heating over its lifetime.

Going from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For families that require less than 41 gallons of water each 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 typically run 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 result of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a clue that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless, you’ll need pro support from West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. to get to the bottom of the trouble.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your typically clear water abruptly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be to blame. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has accumulated in the tank, while rusty water is a hint there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. suggests having your water heater checked out by a specialist.

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to make heated water. Because of this, it will need longer for it to warm water, and hot water will be used up more quickly. Both are a hint that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To stop sediment from building up in your tank, West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. suggests having one of our pros flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird 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, resulting in the unusual sounds. As time goes on, the strain on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Constantly Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its life, your water heater might have to have minor repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re constantly calling West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. for help or a big part has stopped working, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s stressful when your water heater is just about to stop working or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you contact West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. at 614-450-1575 for water heater installation in West Jefferson. From selecting the right style for your family and budget to expertly installing it, we make the entire process uncomplicated. Contact us to schedule your appointment today!