6 Hints Your Water Heater is Wearing Out

January 12, 2021

Water heaters don’t last forever. Even a well-maintained one will only work around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to know the signs that it’s wearing out. Or else, you might not have hot water for a few 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 failing, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to get a new one soon. Over time, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to warm water. In the end, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating pieces to fail. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which can damage your Neptune City house.

By upgrading your water heater, you’ll receive the most energy-efficient technology. If you install an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could receive extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, as an ENERGY STAR model could save you up to $3,500 on water heating over its lifetime.

Changing from a regular tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For houses that 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 frequently run for around 20 years, which is about twice the lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

In some cases leaks are just the result of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a broken valve. But they can also be a sign that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless, you’ll need pro help from Aggressive Mechanical to determine the problem.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your usually clear water abruptly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be the problem. Cloudy water means sediment has built up in the tank, while rusty water means there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Aggressive Mechanical advises having your water heater examined by a specialist.

4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water

As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater works harder to produce heated water. Due to this, it will require longer for it to heat up water, and warm water will run out much more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater is going out.

To keep sediment from accumulating in your tank, Aggressive Mechanical suggests having one of our pros flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises

Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a clue that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, resulting in the strange sounds. As time passes, 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 life span, your water heater could need little repairs, including valve replacement. But if you’re constantly contacting Aggressive Mechanical for help or a big part has failed, you should schedule 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 call Aggressive Mechanical at 732-806-5536 for water heater installation in Neptune City. From picking the right solution for your home and budget to expertly installing it, we make the complete process uncomplicated. Give us a call to book your appointment today!