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6 Clues Your Water Heater Needs to be Replaced

January 12, 2021

Water heaters don’t last forever. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only last around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to be knowledgeable about the symptoms that it’s dying. If not, you might not have warm water for a couple days while you wait to install a new one.

Here are six common signs 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 wearing out, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to replace it shortly. As time passes, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to warm water. Ultimately, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating parts to malfunction. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which may damage your Anchorage residence.

By replacing your water heater, you’ll receive the most energy-efficient features. If you go with an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could be eligible for additional rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t end there, as an ENERGY STAR water heater could save you up to $3,500 on water heating over its lifetime.

Changing from a regular tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For families that use less than 41 gallons of water daily, 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 work for around 20 years, which is about two times the life expectancy of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

Sometimes leaks are just the result of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any event, you’ll need skilled support from Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services to get to the bottom of the trouble.

3. Water is Discolored

If your typically clear water suddenly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be to blame. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has grown in the tank, while rusty water is a hint there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services recommends having your water heater inspected by a pro.

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to produce hot water. Due to this, it will require longer for it to produce hot water, and heated water will run out much more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To keep sediment from building up in your tank, Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services recommends having one of our pros flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises

Like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a clue that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it harder for the water heater to heat water, leading to the unusual sounds. As time passes, the strain on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Always Requiring Water Heater Repair

Over its lifetime, your water heater could have to have minor repairs, including valve replacement. But if you’re frequently contacting Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services for assistance or a critical part has stopped working, you need water heater installation.

It’s draining when your water heater is just about to fail or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you call Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services at 907-202-9798 for water heater installation in Anchorage. From choosing the right option for your home and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the entire process simple. Give us a call to schedule your appointment right away!