6 Hints Your Water Heater is Going Bad

January 12, 2021

Water heaters don’t run forever. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only last around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to be knowledgeable about the symptoms that it’s failing. Otherwise, you might not have heated water for a few days while you wait to install a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is More Than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll likely have to install a new one momentarily. As time passes, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to warm water. Eventually, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating components to stop working. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which could damage your the Bay Area residence.

By upgrading your water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient technology. If you install an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you might get extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t quit there, because an ENERGY STAR model could save you up to $3,500 on energy over its lifetime.

Switching from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you even more. For residences that use 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 typically work for around 20 years, which is about double the life span of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Losing Water

Sometimes leaks are just the result 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 assistance from Contra Costa Heating & AC to figure out the trouble.

3. Water is Discolored

If your usually clear water unexpectedly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be to blame. Cloudy water means sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water means there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Contra Costa Heating & AC suggests having your water heater inspected by a professional.

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to make warm water. Due to this, it will require longer for it to heat up water, and heated water will run out much more quickly. Both are a hint that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To prevent sediment from accumulating in your tank, Contra Costa Heating & AC recommends having one of our professionals flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird Noises

Like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it harder for the water heater to heat water, resulting in the odd sounds. As time goes on, the strain on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Constantly Requiring Water Heater Repair

Over its lifetime, your water heater might have to have little repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re often contacting Contra Costa Heating & AC for assistance or a big part has gone out, it’s time for water heater installation.

It’s exhausting when your water heater is just about to stop working or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you call Contra Costa Heating & AC at 510-343-9841 for water heater installation in the Bay Area. From picking the right model for your needs and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the entire process simple. Call us to book your appointment right away!