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6 Signs Your Water Heater is Wearing Out

Water heaters don’t work forever. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only last around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to know the symptoms that it’s dying. Or else, you could be without heated water for a couple days while you wait to replace it.

Here are six common clues that your water heater is going bad.

1. Your Water Heater is Older 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 possibly have to replace it momentarily. As the years go by, 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 stop working. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which may damage your Newton house.

By installing a new water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient technology. If you install an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you might be eligible for extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, because an ENERGY STAR water heater could save you up to $3,500 on water heating over its lifetime.

Going from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For families that use 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 typically run for around 20 years, which is about twice the life span 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. Regardless, you’ll need skilled assistance from Brookwood Inc to determine the trouble.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your typically clear water unexpectedly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be the problem. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has built up in the tank, while rusty water is a hint there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, Brookwood Inc recommends having your water heater checked out by a specialist.

4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water

As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to create hot water. Because of this, it will take longer for it to heat up water, and warm water won’t last as long. Both are a clue that your water heater is failing.

To keep sediment from building up in your tank, Brookwood Inc recommends having one of our pros flush it every year.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird Noises

Just like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a clue that sediment has built up in your tank. Sediment makes it harder for the water heater to heat water, leading to the unusual sounds. Over time, the strain on your water heater can create cracks and leaks.

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

Over its life span, your water heater may have to have minor repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re frequently calling Brookwood Inc for assistance or a big part has gone out, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s exhausting when your water heater is just about to stop working or has gone out. But that’s not the case when you call Brookwood Inc at 641-316-9803 for water heater installation in Newton. From picking the right option for your family and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the entire process uncomplicated. Contact us to request your appointment now!

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