6 Hints Your Water Heater is Going Bad

January 12, 2021

Water heaters don’t work for eternity. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only last around 8–12 years, normally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms that it’s wearing out. Or else, you could be without hot water for a few days while you wait to install a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is Older than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll probably have to get a new one momentarily. As time passes, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to heat water. In the end, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating pieces to stop working. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which can damage your Moline residence.

By getting a new water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient features. If you select an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could get extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, as an ENERGY STAR water heater could save you up to $3,500 on water heating over its lifetime.

Switching from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For families that require less than 41 gallons of water daily, 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 typically 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 symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless, you’ll need professional help from J.L. Brady Company LLC to determine the issue.

3. Water is Discolored

If your typically clear water unexpectedly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be at fault. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, J.L. Brady Company LLC recommends having your water heater examined by a specialist.

4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water

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

To stop sediment from building up in your tank, J.L. Brady Company LLC suggests having one of our professionals flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises

Like 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 weird sounds. Over time, the extra work on your water heater can create cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Constantly Requiring Water Heater Repair

Over its life, your water heater could have to have little repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re often contacting J.L. Brady Company LLC for assistance or a critical part has gone out, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s stressful when your water heater is just about to stop working or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you call J.L. Brady Company LLC at 309-517-7511 for water heater installation in Moline. From picking the right model for your needs and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the whole process easy. Give us a call to schedule your appointment right away!