Water heaters don’t work for eternity. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only work around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to know the hints that it’s wearing out. If not, you might not have warm water for several days while you wait for a new one.
Here are six common hints 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 failing, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to install a new one momentarily. Over time, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to add warmth to water. In the end, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating pieces to fail. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which can damage your Yukon home.
By getting a new water heater, you’ll receive the most energy-efficient technology. If you install an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could receive added rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, because an ENERGY STAR style could save you up to $3,500 on utilities over its lifetime.
Switching from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For houses hat need less than 41 gallons of water each 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 frequently run for around 20 years, which is about two times the life expectancy of a tank water heater.
2. Water Heater is Leaking
In some instances leaks are just the result of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a clue that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case you’ll need professional support from Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning to figure out the trouble.
3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty
If your typically clear water unexpectedly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be the problem. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water is a sign there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning recommends having your water heater examined by a professional
4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water
As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to make warm water. As a result, it will take longer for it to heat up water, and heated water will run out much more quickly. 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 advises having one of our professionals flush it every year.
5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises
Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a clue that sediment has accumulated in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, causing the odd sounds. Over time, the extra work on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.
6. You’re Always Having to Have Water Heater Repair
Over its lifetime, your water heater could need small repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re constantly getting in touch with Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning for support or a critical part has stopped working, you should schedule water heater installation.
It’s draining when your water heater is just about to stop working or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you contact Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning at 405-494-7444 for water heater installation in Yukon. From picking the right style for your home and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the complete process simple. Call us to book your appointment today!