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 run around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to be aware of the signs that it’s wearing out. If not, you could be without heated water for a couple days while you wait for a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is More Than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll likely have to install a new one shortly. Over time, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to heat water. Ultimately, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating parts to stop working. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which can damage your Pella home.

By replacing your water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient technology. If you install an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could be eligible for additional rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t quit there, as an ENERGY STAR water heater could save you up to $3,500 on water heating over its lifetime.

Going from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you even more. For residences that need 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 run for around 20 years, which is about two times the lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

In some cases leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a hint that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case, you’ll need professional help from Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating to get to the bottom of the issue.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your usually clear water unexpectedly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater may 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 situation, Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating recommends having your water heater inspected by a specialist.

4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water

As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to create hot water. Because of this, it will require longer for it to warm water, and warm water won’t last as long. Both are a hint that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To prevent sediment from accumulating in your tank, Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating advises having one of our professionals flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises

Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a sign that sediment has built up in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, leading to the odd sounds. Over time, the strain on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

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

Over its lifetime, your water heater could require minor repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re frequently contacting Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating for assistance or a big part has gone out, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s exhausting when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has gone out. But that’s not the case when you contact Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating at 641-628-3621 for water heater installation in Pella. From selecting the right solution for your needs and budget to expertly installing it, we make the complete process easy. Contact us to book your appointment now!