6 Signs Your Water Heater is Wearing Out

January 12, 2021

Water heaters don’t last indefinitely. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only work around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s essential to be knowledgeable about the clues that it’s failing. If not, you might not have heated water for a few days while you wait to replace it.

Here are six common signs that your water heater is going bad.

1. Your Water Heater is More Than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll possibly have to get a new one momentarily. As the years go by, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to add warmth to water. In the end, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating parts to fail. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which might damage your Brandon home.

By upgrading your water heater, you’ll receive 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 quit there, because an ENERGY STAR style could save you up to $3,500 on utilities over its lifetime.

Going from a regular tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For households that consume less than 41 gallons of water per day, a tankless water heater is typically 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 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 symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless, you’ll need professional assistance from Brandon Heating and Plumbing to figure out the trouble.

3. Water is Discolored

If your typically clear water unexpectedly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be at fault. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has built up in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Brandon Heating and Plumbing suggests having your water heater examined by a pro.

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to create warm water. Because of this, it will require longer for it to produce hot water, and hot water will be used up more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater is due for replacement.

To prevent sediment from collecting in your tank, Brandon Heating and Plumbing advises having one of our specialists flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises

Like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has accumulated in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, causing the strange sounds. As time goes on, the extra work on your water heater can create cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Constantly Having to Have Water Heater Repair

Over its lifetime, your water heater could need small repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re often calling Brandon Heating and Plumbing for assistance or a big part has failed, it’s time for water heater installation.

It’s draining when your water heater is just about to stop working or has gone out. But that’s not the case when you contact Brandon Heating and Plumbing at 204-728-0180 for water heater installation in Brandon. From selecting the right solution for your home and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the whole process easy. Contact us to schedule your appointment now!