6 Hints Your Water Heater is Going Bad

January 12, 2021

Water heaters don’t last indefinitely. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only run around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to be knowledgeable about the hints that it’s dying. Otherwise, you might not be able to use hot water for a couple days while you wait to replace it.

Here are six common clues 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 going bad, but it does mean you’ll probably have to install a new one soon. Over time, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to add warmth to water. Eventually, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating pieces to stop working. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which could damage your Beckley and Mount Hope residence.

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

Going from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For houses that consume less than 41 gallons of water per day, 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 frequently work for around 20 years, which is about double the lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

In some instances leaks are just the result 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 case, you’ll need pro support from Appalachian Heating to determine the problem.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your usually clear water unexpectedly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be the problem. 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 instance, Appalachian Heating suggests having your water heater checked out by a professional.

4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water

As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater works harder to produce heated water. Because of this, it will require longer for it to heat up water, and heated water won’t last as long. Both are a clue that your water heater is going out.

To prevent sediment from building up in your tank, Appalachian Heating recommends having one of our professionals 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, leading to the odd sounds. Over time, the stress on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Constantly Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its life, your water heater may have to have minor repairs, including valve replacement. But if you’re frequently contacting Appalachian Heating for assistance or a crucial part has stopped working, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s exhausting when your water heater is just about to fail or has gone out. But that’s not the case when you contact Appalachian Heating at 304-707-0600 for water heater installation in Beckley and Mount Hope. From choosing the right solution for your needs and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the complete process simple. Contact us to book your appointment now!