6 Signs Your Water Heater Needs to be Replaced

January 12, 2021

Water heaters don’t run indefinitely. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only last around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to be aware of the clues that it’s failing. Otherwise, you might not be able to use warm water for several days while you wait for a new one.

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 older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll likely have to replace it shortly. Over time, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to heat water. In the end, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating components to stop working. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which can damage your Reinholds residence.

By installing a new water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient technology. If you go with an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you may get added rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t quit there, because an ENERGY STAR style could save you up to $3,500 on energy over its lifetime.

Going from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For houses that need less than 41 gallons of water each 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 frequently last for around 20 years, which is about double the lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Losing Water

In some instances leaks are just the outcome of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a clue that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any event, you’ll need skilled assistance from County Line Mechanical LLC to get to the bottom of the problem.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your typically clear water unexpectedly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be the problem. 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, County Line Mechanical LLC suggests having your water heater checked out by a specialist.

4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water

As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to make hot water. As a result, it will require longer for it to warm water, and heated water will be used up more quickly. Both are a hint that your water heater is going out.

To stop sediment from building up in your tank, County Line Mechanical LLC suggests having one of our pros flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Odd Noises

Just like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a clue that sediment has accumulated in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, causing the unusual sounds. Over time, the strain on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Constantly Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its life, your water heater may have to have small repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re often getting in touch with County Line Mechanical LLC for help or a big part has stopped working, you should schedule 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 call County Line Mechanical LLC at 717-216-0846 for water heater installation in Reinholds. From choosing the right model for your needs and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the whole process simple. Contact us to request your appointment right away!