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 critical to know the symptoms that it’s failing. If not, you could be without hot water for a few days while you wait for a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is More Than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll possibly have to install a new one momentarily. As time passes, 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 fail. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which might damage your Paxinos house.

By getting a new water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient options. If you select an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could be eligible for added rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t end there, because an ENERGY STAR model could save you up to $3,500 on utilities over its lifetime.

Switching from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For households that require 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 last for around 20 years, which is about twice the life span of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaky

In some instances leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a sign that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless, you’ll need pro support from LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. to get to the bottom of the problem.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your typically clear water suddenly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be at fault. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has accumulated in the tank, while rusty water is a hint there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. suggests 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 works harder to produce warm water. Because of this, it will need longer for it to produce hot water, and warm water will be used up more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To stop sediment from building up in your tank, LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. recommends having one of our specialists flush it annually.

5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises

Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a clue that sediment has accumulated in your tank. Sediment makes it harder for the water heater to heat water, leading to the unusual sounds. As time goes on, the stress on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Frequently Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its life, your water heater might have to have small repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re often contacting LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. for assistance or a big part has stopped working, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s draining when your water heater is just about to fail or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you call LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. at 570-648-0748 for water heater installation in Paxinos. From choosing the right style for your family and budget to expertly installing it, we make the whole process simple. Contact us to schedule your appointment now!