6 Signs Your Water Heater is Going Bad

January 12, 2021

Water heaters don’t run forever. Even a well-maintained one will only last around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to be knowledgeable about the hints that it’s dying. If not, you could be without heated water for several 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 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 time passes, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to warm water. Ultimately, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating pieces to stop working. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which might damage your New Castle residence.

By upgrading your water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient technology. If you select an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you may be eligible for extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t quit there, as an ENERGY STAR water heater could save you up to $3,500 on utilities over its lifetime.

Going from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you even more. For residences that need less than 41 gallons of water daily, 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 typically work for around 20 years, which is about twice the lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaky

In some cases leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a clue that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case, you’ll need skilled support from Central Heating & Plumbing to determine the trouble.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your typically clear water abruptly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be at fault. Cloudy water means sediment has grown in the tank, while rusty water is a hint there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, Central Heating & Plumbing recommends having your water heater checked out by a pro.

4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water

As sediment increases in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to produce hot water. As a result, it will need longer for it to produce hot water, and heated water will run out much more quickly. Both are a hint that your water heater is going out.

To prevent sediment from collecting in your tank, Central Heating & Plumbing recommends having one of our pros flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird Noises

Like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a clue that sediment has accumulated in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, causing the unusual sounds. As time goes on, the stress on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Constantly Requiring Water Heater Repair

Over its life span, your water heater might need little repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re constantly contacting Central Heating & Plumbing for support or a critical part has stopped working, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s exhausting when your water heater is just about to stop working or has gone out. But that’s not the case when you call Central Heating & Plumbing at 724-401-1843 for water heater installation in New Castle. From choosing the right solution for your family and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the whole process easy. Contact us to book your appointment today!