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 run around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to be aware of the hints that it’s wearing out. Or else, you could be without heated water for several 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 aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll probably have to get a new one momentarily. As the years go by, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to warm water. Eventually, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating components to malfunction. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which could damage your Libertyville residence.

By replacing your water heater, you’ll receive the most energy-efficient options. If you install an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you may receive added rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, as an ENERGY STAR model could save you up to $3,500 on utilities over its lifetime.

Changing from a regular tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you even more. For houses that use less than 41 gallons of water each 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 usually run for around 20 years, which is about twice the lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

In some instances leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a hint that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any event, you’ll need professional help from TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical to figure out the issue.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your typically clear water suddenly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be the problem. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has built up in the tank, while rusty water means there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical suggests having your water heater examined by a specialist.

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to make hot water. Due to this, it will require longer for it to warm water, and warm water will be used up more quickly. Both are a hint that your water heater is going out.

To stop sediment from collecting in your tank, TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical suggests having one of our specialists flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird Noises

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

6. You’re Always Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its life span, your water heater might have to have little repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re frequently contacting TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical for support or a critical part has stopped working, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s stressful when your water heater is just about to stop working or has gone out. But that’s not the case when you get in touch with TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical at 847-362-0262 for water heater installation in Libertyville. From choosing the right style for your home and budget to expertly installing it, we make the entire process easy. Call us to schedule your appointment right away!