Signs It's Time to Replace Your Water Heater

Signs It's Time to Replace Your Water Heater

The South Bay Peninsula and Santa Cruz area's warm climate doesn't mean you should risk going without hot water. If your water heater is on its last legs, a new water heater can offer more reliable performance and cut your energy bills.

Age and Performance

A water heater that's 10 or more years old is less efficient than a recently manufactured model and likely to have repair issues soon. Few water heaters last longer than 15 years. Unusual noises also suggest problems. A rumbling noise is usually caused by sediment on the bottom of the tank. Loud cracking or popping comes from the effect of mineral deposits on the heating element. Flushing your tank may solve the problem, but if it doesn't, a new water heater is your best option.

Water leaking from the tank is a clear sign you need a replacement. Leaks mean the inner lining of the tank has been breached. Check closely to make sure the water is coming from inside the tank rather than from a leaky valve or dripping condensation. If you're sure it's a leak, shut off the gas or power to the unit immediately and call a plumber.

Water Quality

Water that looks muddy or rusty or contains an unusual amount of sediment suggests a buildup of sediment in the tank that could mean it's time for a replacement. A metallic taste or smell to your water is another sign of excess sediment buildup or deterioration inside the tank. Keep in mind, however, that these problems can also be caused by problems with the pipes or water supply.

If you're in the market for a new water heater, get in touch with us at Valley Heating, Cooling, Electrical in the South Bay Peninsula and Santa Cruz area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the South Bay Peninsula and Santa Cruz areas of California about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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