Water heaters don’t run forever. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only work around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to be knowledgeable about the signs that it’s wearing out. Otherwise, you might not have heated water for a couple days while you wait to install a new one.
Here are six common signs 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 get a new one shortly. Over time, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to add warmth to water. Eventually, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating components to stop working. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which might damage your Woodbridge residence.
By getting a new water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient technology. If you select an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you might get extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t end there, because an ENERGY STAR model could save you up to $3,500 on utilities over its lifetime.
Changing from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you even more. For houses hat 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 work for around 20 years, which is about twice the life expectancy of a tank water heater.
2. Water Heater is Losing Water
Sometimes leaks are just the result of loose connections, wrong pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need professional help from Fire & Ice HVAC to determine the problem.
3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty
If your typically clear water abruptly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be the problem. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, Fire & Ice HVAC suggests having your water heater examined by a professional
4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water
As sediment increases in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater works harder to produce warm water. As a result, it will need longer for it to warm water, and heated water won’t last as long. Both are a clue that your water heater needs to be replaced.
To prevent sediment from collectingin your tank, Fire & Ice HVAC advises having one of our professionals flush it annually.
5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises
Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a clue that sediment has built up in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, resulting in the strange sounds. As time goes on, the strain on your water heater can create cracks and leaks.
6. You’re Always Requiring Water Heater Repair
Over its life, your water heater might require minor repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re often getting in touch with Fire & Ice HVAC for assistance or a critical part has failed, it’s time for water heater installation.
It’s stressful when your water heater is just about to stop working or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you contact Fire & Ice HVAC at 703-595-4157 for water heater installation in Woodbridge. From selecting the right style for your home and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the whole process simple. Contact us to book your appointment today!