Water heaters don’t work indefinitely. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only work around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s essential to be aware of the signs that it’s failing. Otherwise, you could be without heated water for a couple days while you wait to replace it.
Here are six common clues that your water heater is going bad.
1. Your Water Heater is Past 10 Years Old
Just because your water heater is dated doesn’t necessarily mean it’s needing to be replaced right now, but it does mean you’ll possibly have to replace it shortly. 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 erode the tank and cause the heating pieces to malfunction. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which might damage your Naples home.
By installing a new water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient features. If you install an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could receive extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t quit there, since an ENERGY STAR model 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 consume less than 41 gallons of water daily a tankless water heater is usually 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 two times the lifetime of a tank water heater.
2. Water Heater is Leaky
Sometimes leaks are just the consequence 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. In any event you’ll need skilled support from Speedy Air Conditioning to get to the bottom of the trouble.
3. Water is Discolored
If your typically clear water abruptly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be at fault. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has built up in the tank, while rusty water is a sign there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Speedy Air Conditioning suggests 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 heated water. Because of this, it will require longer for it to produce hot water, and hot water will run out much more quickly. Both are a sign that your water heater is failing.
To prevent sediment from building up in your tank, Speedy Air Conditioning advises having one of our pros flush it every year.
5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises
Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a sign that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, causing the unusual sounds. As time passes, the stress on your water heater can create cracks and leaks.
6. You’re Always Requiring Water Heater Repair
Over its lifetime, your water heater might need minor repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re constantly getting in touch with Speedy Air Conditioning for help or a big part has gone out, you need 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 contact Speedy Air Conditioning at 239-244-3439 for water heater installation in Naples. From choosing the right solution for your family and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the whole process uncomplicated. Call us to schedule your appointment now!