6 Hints Your Water Heater Needs to be Replaced

January 12, 2021

Water heaters don’t last indefinitely. Even a well-maintained one will only run around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to know the hints that it’s dying. Or else, you might not have heated water for a couple days while you wait for a new one.

Here are six common clues that your water heater is wearing out.

1. Your Water Heater is Past 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going bad, but it does mean you’ll possibly have to replace it shortly. Over time, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to add warmth to water. Eventually, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating parts to fail. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which can damage your Sandpoint residence.

By upgrading your water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient options. If you select an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could get extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, since an ENERGY STAR water heater could save you up to $3,500 on water heating over its lifetime.

Changing from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For homes that 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 usually last for around 20 years, which is about twice 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 hint that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless, you’ll need skilled help from Age Heating & Cooling to determine the problem.

3. Water is Discolored

If your usually clear water suddenly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be at fault. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has accumulated in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Age Heating & Cooling recommends having your water heater inspected by a pro.

4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water

As sediment increases in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to create heated water. Due to this, it will take longer for it to warm water, and warm water will run out much more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater is due for replacement.

To stop sediment from collecting in your tank, Age Heating & Cooling recommends having one of our pros flush it annually.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird Noises

Like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a clue that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, leading to the weird sounds. Over time, the strain on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Always Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its life span, your water heater might require little repairs, including valve replacement. But if you’re constantly getting in touch with Age Heating & Cooling for help or a major part has failed, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s draining when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you get in touch with Age Heating & Cooling at 208-578-4258 for water heater installation in Sandpoint. From choosing the right model for your home and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the entire process uncomplicated. Give us a call to request your appointment right away!