6 Clues Your Water Heater is Wearing Out

January 12, 2021

Water heaters don’t run for eternity. Even a well-maintained one will only run around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to be knowledgeable about the signs that it’s wearing out. If not, you could be without hot water for a couple days while you wait for a new one.

Here are six common hints that your water heater is dying.

1. Your Water Heater is Past 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is dated doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going bad, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to install a new one momentarily. As time passes, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to warm water. In the end, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating parts to fail. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which can damage your Omaha house.

By installing a new water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient technology. If you go with an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could receive added rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t quit there, because an ENERGY STAR water heater could save you up to $3,500 on energy over its lifetime.

Changing from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For homes that use less than 41 gallons of water daily, a tankless water heater is typically 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 work for around 20 years, which is about twice the lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

Sometimes leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a clue that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case, you’ll need skilled support from The Frazier Company to determine the trouble.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your typically clear water abruptly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be to blame. 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 situation, The Frazier Company advises having your water heater examined by a professional.

4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water

As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater works harder to produce warm water. As a result, it will require longer for it to heat up water, and warm water won’t last as long. Both are a hint that your water heater is failing.

To keep sediment from building up in your tank, The Frazier Company suggests having one of our professionals flush it every year.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises

Just like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a clue that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, leading to the weird sounds. As time goes on, the stress on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Always Requiring Water Heater Repair

Over its life, your water heater might require small repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re often getting in touch with The Frazier Company for assistance or a major part has failed, it’s time for water heater installation.

It’s exhausting when your water heater is just about to fail or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you get in touch with The Frazier Company at 402-628-0206 for water heater installation in Omaha. From selecting the right model for your home and budget to expertly installing it, we make the whole process simple. Give us a call to book your appointment now!