Water heaters don’t work indefinitely. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only last around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms that it’s dying. Otherwise, you could be without warm water for a couple days while you wait to install a new one.
Here are six common hints 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 potentially have to replace it soon. As time passes, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to heat water. Eventually, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating components to stop working. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which might damage your Lake Worth house.
By installing a new water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient technology. If you select an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you might receive extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t end there, because an ENERGY STAR model could save you up to $3,500 on energy over its lifetime.
Going from a regular tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For families hat use 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 last for around 20 years, which is about double the life span of a tank water heater.
2. Water Heater is Leaky
In some instances leaks are just the result of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a sign that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need professional assistance from Smyth Air Conditioning to get to the bottom of the trouble.
3. Water is Discolored
If your normally clear water suddenly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be the problem. Cloudy water means sediment has built up in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, Smyth Air Conditioning suggests having your water heater examined by a specialist
4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water
As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to create heated water. As a result, it will require longer for it to produce hot water, and heated water will run out much more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater is failing.
To prevent sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Smyth Air Conditioning suggests having one of our pros flush it annually.
5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises
Like 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 unusual sounds. As time goes on, the strain on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.
6. You’re Constantly Needing Water Heater Repair
Over its lifetime, your water heater might require small repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re often calling Smyth Air Conditioning for help or a big part has stopped working, you need 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 call Smyth Air Conditioning at 561-533-6066 for water heater installation in Lake Worth. From selecting the right solution for your needs and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the whole process easy. Give us a call to book your appointment right away!