Water heaters don’t last forever. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only run around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to be knowledgeable about the signs that it’s wearing out. Or else, you could be without warm water for a few days while you wait for a new one.
Here are six common hints that your water heater is wearing out.
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 possibly have to get a new one shortly. Over time, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to heat water. Eventually, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating components to stop working. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which can damage your Yukon house.
By replacing your water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient technology. If you install an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you may get additional rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, because an ENERGY STAR style could save you up to $3,500 on energy over its lifetime.
Switching from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you even more. For residences hat use less than 41 gallons of water daily 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 work for around 20 years, which is about twice the life span of a tank water heater.
2. Water Heater is Losing Water
In some instances leaks are just the result of loose connections, wrong pressure or a broken valve. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any event you’ll need professional support from Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning to figure out the issue.
3. Water is Discolored
If your normally clear water suddenly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be at fault. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has built up in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning recommends having your water heater checked out 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 create hot water. Because of this, it will require longer for it to warm water, and warm water won’t last as long. Both are a hint that your water heater is going out.
To keep sediment from building up in your tank, Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning suggests having one of our pros flush it yearly.
5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises
Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a sign that sediment has built up in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, resulting in the weird sounds. As time passes, the extra work on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.
6. You’re Constantly Requiring Water Heater Repair
Over its life span, your water heater might need little repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re often contacting Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning for help or a critical part has failed, you need water heater installation.
It’s draining when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has gone out. But that’s not the case when you call Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning at 405-494-7444 for water heater installation in Yukon. From choosing the right style for your family and budget to expertly installing it, we make the whole process easy. Call us to request your appointment right away!