Water heaters don’t work 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 essential to be aware of the signs that it’s wearing out. If not, you might not be able to use heated water for a few days while you wait to install a new one.
Here are six common hints that your water heater is going bad.
1. Your Water Heater is More Than 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 likely have to install a new one shortly. Over time, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to warm water. In the end, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating parts to malfunction. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which might damage your Northridge home.
By installing a new water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient technology. If you choose an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you might get added rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t end there, since an ENERGY STAR water heater could save you up to $3,500 on water heating over its lifetime.
Switching from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For houses hat use less than 41 gallons of water per day 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 usually run for around 20 years, which is about twice the life span of a tank water heater.
2. Water Heater is Leaky
In some cases leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a broken valve. But they can also be a sign that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need professional help from Enertek Air Conditioning & Heating to get to the bottom of the issue.
3. Water is Discolored
If your typically clear water suddenly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be at fault. Cloudy water means sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water means there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Enertek Air Conditioning & Heating recommends having your water heater examined by a pro
4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water
As sediment increases in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to make warm water. As a result, it will need longer for it to heat up water, and heated water will be used up more quickly. Both are a sign that your water heater is failing.
To keep sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Enertek Air Conditioning & Heating suggests having one of our specialists flush it annually.
5. Water Heater is Making Odd Noises
Just like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a sign that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, leading to the strange sounds. As time passes, the strain on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.
6. You’re Always Requiring Water Heater Repair
Over its lifetime, your water heater could require small repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re constantly calling Enertek Air Conditioning & Heating for support or a crucial part has failed, you need water heater installation.
It’s exhausting when your water heater is just about to fail or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you get in touch with Enertek Air Conditioning & Heating at (818) 727-9993 for water heater installation in Northridge. From picking the right solution for your needs and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the complete process uncomplicated. Give us a call to request your appointment right away!