6 Signs Your Water Heater Needs to be Replaced

January 12, 2021

Water heaters don’t run indefinitely. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only run around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to know the hints that it’s failing. Or else, you might not be able to use 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 Past 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going bad, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to install a new one momentarily. As the years go by, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to heat water. Eventually, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating pieces to malfunction. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which can damage your Menomonie and western Wisconsin home.

By installing a new water heater, you’ll receive the most energy-efficient features. If you choose an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you may get extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t end there, because an ENERGY STAR model 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 greater amount. For households that require less than 41 gallons of water per day, 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 last for around 20 years, which is about two times 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 clue that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any event, you’ll need professional assistance from Halverson Brothers Inc to figure out the issue.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your normally clear water abruptly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be to blame. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has accumulated in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Halverson Brothers Inc suggests having your water heater inspected by a specialist.

4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water

As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to produce heated water. As a result, it will require longer for it to produce hot water, and warm water will run out much more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater is going out.

To keep sediment from collecting in your tank, Halverson Brothers Inc recommends having one of our professionals flush it every year.

5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises

Just like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a sign that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, resulting in the strange sounds. As time passes, the extra work 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 small repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re constantly calling Halverson Brothers Inc for assistance or a major part has gone out, it’s time for water heater installation.

It’s draining when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you get in touch with Halverson Brothers Inc at 715-352-4052 for water heater installation in Menomonie and western Wisconsin. From selecting the right solution for your family and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the complete process uncomplicated. Give us a call to request your appointment today!