6 Signs Your Water Heater is Going Bad

January 12, 2021

Water heaters don’t work forever. Even a well-maintained one will only work around 8–12 years, normally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to know the symptoms that it’s dying. Otherwise, you might not be able to use heated water for several days while you wait to replace it.

Here are six common hints that your water heater is going bad.

1. Your Water Heater is Past 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is dated doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll likely have to replace it shortly. As time passes, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to heat water. Eventually, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating parts to malfunction. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which might damage your Kutztown and Breinigsville home.

By upgrading your water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient features. If you install an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you might be eligible for additional rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, as an ENERGY STAR model could save you up to $3,500 on energy over its lifetime.

Going from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you even more. For residences that need less than 41 gallons of water each day, a tankless water heater is often 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 two times the lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

In some instances leaks are just the outcome of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a broken valve. But they can also be a hint that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case, you’ll need skilled help from Moyer Total Indoor Comfort to get to the bottom of the problem.

3. Water is Discolored

If your normally clear water suddenly turns cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be to blame. Cloudy water means sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, Moyer Total Indoor Comfort recommends having your water heater inspected by a pro.

4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water

As sediment increases in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to create heated water. As a result, it will require longer for it to heat up water, and hot water will be used up more quickly. Both are a sign that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To prevent sediment from collecting in your tank, Moyer Total Indoor Comfort recommends having one of our specialists flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises

Just like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a sign that sediment has accumulated in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, causing the unusual sounds. Over time, the stress on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

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

Over its life, your water heater could need minor repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re frequently calling Moyer Total Indoor Comfort for support or a big part has stopped working, you need water heater installation.

It’s draining when your water heater is just about to stop working or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you call Moyer Total Indoor Comfort at 484-646-3363 for water heater installation in Kutztown and Breinigsville. From picking the right option for your home and budget to expertly installing it, we make the entire process simple. Give us a call to book your appointment now!