3 Signs of a Failing Water Heater
Are you having a hard time getting your water up to temperature? If so, you may be dealing with a broken or failing water heater. Don’t wait to see if your heater fails; check this list of signs and symptoms of water heater failure for more information about how to know your system is on its last legs:
While most people see inappropriately cold water as a sign of water heater failure, water that isn’t clean and clear can also be a major indicator. Older tanks will begin to rust and deteriorate, leading to that buildup flaking off in the water inside the tank. While softeners or conditioners can be used to address this, they will only provide satisfactory results for so long. Eventually, the tank will have to be replaced.
If you hear odd noises while you’re using your water – particularly if you’re using hot water – this may be a sign that your heater is on the decline. Listen for a gurgling or bubbling sound after you’ve used some hot water. These sounds often indicate that the sediments that have built up in your heater tank are being stirred up. An abundance of these sediments can be a major problem, so these noises are a sign of trouble on the horizon.
This is perhaps the biggest factor in determining if your water heater is failing. While age alone does not determine function, any other problems that you notice may be a sign that your older tank is at the end of its life.
Any tank older than 6 years should have a visit from a licensed plumber or specialist to check for good working condition and recommend upgrades, repairs, or replacements. Since older tanks often have a lot of sediment, rust, and other buildup concerns inside, replacement may be the best option for your household.
Don’t get left out in the cold (water) this season. If your water heater begins to fail, contact the experts at Same Day Service Plumbing. Whatever is ailing your water heater tank, we can help you fix the problem – fast.
Never Go Without Hot Water Again
Traditional or standard water heaters come with an in-built water tank that is constantly filled and heated at a set temperature before every use. It takes considerable amount of time to heat water and at times you may get stuck waiting for it to be ready for use.
Instant water heaters are tankless but have a set of coils or a heat exchanger that gets activated immediately when the unit is turned on. The water gets heated rapidly as it passes through the hot coils and you have all the hot water you need available instantly!
If your standard hot water heater is getting old or needs repairs, consider replacing the unit with a tankless hot water heater. Instant water systems make complete sense for homeowners for several reasons, especially for vacation or second homes.
8 Reasons to Upgrade to a Tankless Water Heater
- Conservation of Energy: Tankless water heaters conserve energy by only heating the amount of water needed at the time. You won’t waste energy heating water when it’s not needed.
- Lower Utility Bills: Utility bills get reduced immediately and over the years because instant hot water heaters operate more efficiently, heating only the required amount of water when needed. Additionally, tankless water heating systems can be turned off when the appliance is not in use, to save money. Moreover, tankless systems eliminate heat losses.
- Unlimited, On-demand Hot Water Supply: Say No to long waits! Instant water heaters provide hot water immediately, without having to wait for water to get heated, as in the case of conventional water heaters.
- Better Quality Hot Water: When you’re not using your standard water heater, the water that stays in the tank for longer duration can gather rust, scale and lead which make the water impure and lower its quality. Such degradation is totally avoided in tankless systems.
- More durable & Long Lasting: Instant water heaters do not have a tank and this means lesser need for repairs or leakages. Moreover, these systems can last up to two times longer than a standard water heater.
- Protection of your property: Tankless water heater installed in your vacation or second home helps avoid the risk of any hazards, mishaps or flooding from water heater leakages while you’re not there and saves your house property from getting damaged. With the traditional water heaters, there is always the risk of leaking, or rupturing which may cause significant water damage. With a tankless system, there is much less chance of water damage occurring.
- Lesser Use of Space: Tankless water heaters have a compact size that utilizes much lesser space than conventional hot water heaters. They are wall mountable, either inside or outside of your home.
- Environment friendly: Tankless heating systems provide on-demand hot water instantly without having to waste or run down cold water that runs through the pipeline before hot water reaches the faucets and showers.
Our experts at Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating & Air can help you choose the right unit and provide suitable solutions to help you save energy and money. We are experts in installing, inspecting, servicing, repairing, and replacing all makes and models of hot water heaters. Contact us today to schedule an inspection.
5 Signs Your Hot Water Heater Needs Help
Although hot water heaters come in a varied selection of sizes and styles, they all have one thing in common. Eventually, every water heater is going to require maintenance. Most likely, they are all going to need a replacement as well. Here are five main signs that your water tank needs the help from our trusted Same Day Service technicians.
- A Consistent Lack of Hot Water
When you want to take a nice hot shower, there’s nothing as disappointing as not having heated water. Before you jump to the conclusion that your tank is broken, consider the circumstances.If you have a large family, it is possible that your tank simply can’t provide enough hot showers for everyone to enjoy, one after the other. Your solution would be to have a larger water tank installed. If you can’t get hot water no matter what time of the day or night it is, the tank probably needs to have the heating element or thermostat repaired.
- Odd Noises Coming from the Water Heater
If your hot water tank is making unusual noises, something is wrong. Modern water heaters are incredibly quiet, so any odd sounds typically meant that one or more of the tank’s parts aren’t working properly. If you hear crackling, creaking, hissing, or banging noises, call us for an inspection and evaluation of your system.
- Puddles of Water at the Base of the Heater
When you discover puddles of water collecting at the base of your water heater, you need to act quickly. Turn the tank off, disconnect the power, and call us to have a Same Day Service plumber out to your home. When the problem is a crack or hole in the tank itself, it cannot be fixed. If the leak is caused by a loose connection at the outlet or inlet, a plumber should be able to fix the problem.
- Discolored Water Coming from the Water Heater
If your water suddenly becomes darker, it is possible that the tank or one of its interior components has started to rust. When this happens, you’ll want to replace the tank with a new one.
- The Tank Won’t Release Sediment
Sediment collects in the bottom of water tanks over the course of a year. It’s important to drain this buildup at least once a year if you want the water heater to continue working properly.
Water heaters require annual maintenance to keep them in good working order. Even with regular maintenance, your water tank is likely to need repairs at some point in time. When this happens, you might also need to replace the tank.
Contact us as soon as your water heater starts acting up to minimize the risk of having to replace it.
Big changes to water heaters you need to know about
The U.S. Department of Energy has put into effect new regulations that require all manufacturers of water heaters to meet a higher energy factor (EF) rating. Based on the new requirements, there will be significant changes to water heaters manufactured after April 15, 2015. This includes gas-fired, oil-fired, electric, tabletop, instantaneous gas-fired and instantaneous electric. Tankless water heaters already meet the new requirements.
How does this affect me?
Some of the changes that affect you as a consumer are as follows:
- Higher priced units – up to 35% more expensive.
- Larger units – 2” tall and 2”wider, and in some cases units may be even larger.
- More complicated installation requirements
- Possible significant home remodeling costs if your water heater is located in a small space like a closet or attic.
These new regulations will improve the efficiency of water heaters, however, resulting in energy savings for the homeowner.
Why should I care?
According to manufacturer’s suggested service life, the average lifespan of a water heater is about 8-12 years. Homeowners with water heaters 10 years old or older need to seriously consider replacing it now, before the regulations go into effect and costs go up.
What do I do next?
Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Inc. recommends you book a consultation with one of our experts who will answer any questions you may have about the new regulations, evaluate your current water heater and provide you with options on the next steps. Then, if you decide you want to install before the new regulations take affect we’ll reserve your water heater from our inventory.
We’ve been installing water heaters for over 37 years. We can answer all of your questions, tell you about promotional financing, schedule an appointment that’s convenient for you, and professionally install your new water heater for years of reliable service.
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