Water heaters don’t run indefinitely. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only run around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s essential to be knowledgeable about the signs that it’s dying. If not, you might not be able to use heated water for a couple days while you wait for a new one.
Here are six common hints that your water heater is going bad.
1. Your Water Heater is Older than 10 Years Old
Just because your water heater is dated doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to install a new one shortly. Over time, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to warm water. Ultimately, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating pieces to malfunction. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which can damage your Buellton home.
By replacing your water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient technology. If you choose an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you might get added rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t end there, since an ENERGY STAR water heater could save you up to $3,500 on water heating over its lifetime.
Changing from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For residences hat use 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 work for around 20 years, which is about two times the lifetime of a tank water heater.
2. Water Heater is Leaky
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. Regardless you’ll need pro assistance from Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning to figure out the problem.
3. Water is the Wrong Color
If your normally clear water suddenly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater could 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 instance, Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning suggests having your water heater inspected by a pro
4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water
As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater works harder to make hot water. Due to this, it will need longer for it to produce hot 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 accumulatingin your tank, Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning suggests having one of our professionals flush it annually.
5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises
Like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has built up in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, leading to the weird sounds. As time goes on, the strain on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.
6. You’re Constantly Having to Have Water Heater Repair
Over its life span, your water heater could require small repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re frequently contacting Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning for help or a crucial part has stopped working, it’s time for water heater installation.
It’s stressful when your water heater is just about to fail or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you contact Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning at 805-242-9638 for water heater installation in Buellton. From choosing the right solution for your needs and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the whole process easy. Contact us to schedule your appointment now!