Your water heater can slowly develop problems over time. Here are a few signs that yours is wearing out and may soon need repairs or replacement.
Water heaters have a short life span. Traditional tank water heaters usually last about 8–10 years, while tankless water heaters last for about 20 years. If yours is getting close to this age, it’s time to start planning for installing a new water heater.
Your water heater becomes less efficient as it ages and as minerals build up in the tank. If it takes a long time for your water to heat up, or your hot water is running out more quickly, give Home Heating & Cooling a call to figure out the problem.
Hearing rumbling noises from your water heater? It’s likely due to sediment building up in the tank over time. As this happens, your water heater works harder and consumes more energy to heat water. Eventually the tank could crack and have a catastrophic leak. To slow sediment buildup, we recommend having your tank flushed annually by a Home Heating & Cooling professional.
Sudden rust in your water or on the outside of your tank isn’t a good sign. Once this happens, it’s time to replace your water heater.
This is the most obvious water heater issue. Some might only need simple water heater repair, like a fitting or connection, while water pooling around the bottom of the tank is a sign replacement is imminent.
We offer services for gas water heater installation and electric water heater installation. Learn more about the types of water heaters we install.
Tank Water Heaters
Tank water heaters are the most common type of water heaters because they’re also the most affordable. Here are several other perks of having one in your home:
- Lower purchase and installation cost.
- Immediate hot water since the tank is constantly storing and heating water.
- Often requires no changes to gas lines or circuitry.
- No minimum flow rate.
- Some are ENERGY STAR® certified, which may make you eligible for additional rebates.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters deliver unlimited hot water on demand. They’re extremely energy efficient because they heat water on demand instead of storing it. Here are a few other benefits of tankless water heater installation:
- Compact and can be installed in a variety of locations, including a closet or under the sink.
- Up to 34% more efficient than a tank water heater, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Lasts twice as long as a tank water heater.
- Lower risk of catastrophic flooding, because it doesn’t store water.
- Many are ENERGY STAR certified, which may make you eligible for additional rebates.
Whether you need water heater repair or installation, our professionals at Home Heating & Cooling can handle the job quickly and affordably. Give us a call at 618-416-0111 to request your free estimate or appointment today!