Water heaters don’t run for eternity. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only work around 8–12 years, normally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to be knowledgeable about the symptoms that it’s dying. Or else, you could be without warm water for several days while you wait for a new one.
Here are six common hints that your water heater is dying.
1. Your Water Heater is Older than 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 likely have to replace it soon. As the years go by, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to heat water. In the end, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating components to fail. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which could damage your Sacramento house.
By installing a new water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient technology. If you go with an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you might receive additional 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 traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For families hat consume 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 work for around 20 years, which is about twice the life span of a tank water heater.
2. Water Heater is Losing Water
Sometimes leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a hint that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case you’ll need professional support from Bishop’s HVAC to determine the problem.
3. Water is Discolored
If your usually clear water unexpectedly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be the problem. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has accumulated in the tank, while rusty water is a hint there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Bishop’s HVAC advises having your water heater checked out by a specialist
4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water
As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy 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 sign that your water heater needs to be replaced.
To stop sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Bishop’s HVAC recommends having one of our professionals flush it annually.
5. Water Heater is Making Odd Noises
Like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has built up in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, causing the weird sounds. As time goes on, the strain on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.
6. You’re Frequently Having to Have Water Heater Repair
Over its life span, your water heater could require minor repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re often contacting Bishop’s HVAC for help or a major part has stopped working, you need water heater installation.
It’s draining when your water heater is just about to fail or has gone out. But that’s not the case when you call Bishop’s HVAC at 916-591-6889 for water heater installation in Sacramento. From selecting the right option for your needs and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the entire process uncomplicated. Contact us to request your appointment today!