6 Hints Your Water Heater Needs to be Replaced

January 12, 2021

Water heaters don’t work for eternity. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only run around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to be aware of the hints that it’s failing. If not, you could be without warm water for several days while you wait for a new one.

Here are six common signs that your water heater is wearing out.

1. Your Water Heater is Older than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is dated doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll probably have to replace it momentarily. Over time, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to heat water. Ultimately, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating pieces to stop working. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which could damage your Albuquerque residence.

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

Changing from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For residences that use less than 41 gallons of water per 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 usually run for around 20 years, which is about twice the life expectancy of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Losing Water

Sometimes leaks are just the outcome of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless, you’ll need professional help from I-Deal HVAC to figure out the problem.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your typically clear water unexpectedly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be at fault. Cloudy water means sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water means there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, I-Deal HVAC advises having your water heater examined by a professional.

4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water

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

To prevent sediment from building up in your tank, I-Deal HVAC recommends having one of our professionals flush it annually.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual 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, causing the odd sounds. As time goes on, the stress on your water heater can create cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Always Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its life, your water heater could need small repairs, including valve replacement. But if you’re frequently contacting I-Deal HVAC for help or a crucial part has failed, you need water heater installation.

It’s draining 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 I-Deal HVAC at 505-445-1250 for water heater installation in Albuquerque. From picking the right style for your needs and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the whole process simple. Call us to request your appointment right away!