6 Hints Your Water Heater Needs to be Replaced

January 12, 2021

Water heaters don’t work indefinitely. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only work around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s essential to know the clues that it’s wearing out. Otherwise, you could be without warm water for a couple days while you wait for a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is Past 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going bad, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to get 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. Ultimately, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating components to malfunction. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which might damage your Manassas home.

By getting a new water heater, you’ll receive the most energy-efficient technology. If you go with 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 utilities over its lifetime.

Changing from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For residences that need 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 typically 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 result of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a sign that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case, you’ll need skilled assistance from Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. to figure out the issue.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your usually clear water suddenly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be the problem. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. recommends having your water heater inspected by a professional.

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 make hot water. As a result, it will require longer for it to heat up water, and heated water will be used up more quickly. Both are a sign that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To stop sediment from collecting in your tank, Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. recommends having one of our professionals flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird Noises

Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has built up in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, causing the odd sounds. As time passes, the stress on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Constantly Having to Have Water Heater Repair

Over its life, your water heater might require little repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re constantly getting in touch with Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. for support or a major part has gone out, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s stressful when your water heater is just about to stop working or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you get in touch with Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. at 703-260-1148 for water heater installation in Manassas. From selecting the right style for your needs and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the whole process uncomplicated. Contact us to book your appointment right away!