6 Signs Your Water Heater Needs to be Replaced

January 12, 2021

Water heaters don’t last forever. 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 knowledgeable about the signs that it’s wearing out. Or else, you might not have hot water for several days while you wait to replace it.

Here are six common signs that your water heater is dying.

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 get a new one soon. As time passes, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to heat water. In the end, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating parts to malfunction. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which can damage your Ellsworth residence.

By upgrading your water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient features. If you choose an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could get extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, because an ENERGY STAR style could save you up to $3,500 on water heating over its lifetime.

Going from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For homes 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 twice the life expectancy of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

In some cases 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 Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC to determine the trouble.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your typically clear water suddenly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be to blame. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has accumulated in the tank, while rusty water is a hint there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC suggests having your water heater examined by a pro.

4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water

As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to produce hot water. Due to this, it will take longer for it to warm water, and heated water won’t last as long. Both are a clue that your water heater is due for replacement.

To stop sediment from accumulating in your tank, Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC recommends having one of our specialists flush it annually.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird Noises

Like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a sign that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it harder for the water heater to heat water, causing the weird sounds. As time passes, the extra work on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Always Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its life, your water heater might need small repairs, including valve replacement. But if you’re constantly contacting Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC for support or a big part has stopped working, you need 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 contact Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC at 715-318-6728 for water heater installation in Ellsworth. From picking the right model for your family and budget to expertly installing it, we make the whole process simple. Contact us to schedule your appointment now!