Most residential water heaters carry warranties that last between about six and 12 years, and your water heater may well function fine for longer than that with proper maintenance. But water heaters do have to be replaced eventually, and you’ll need to be on the lookout for signs that your water heater has reached the end of its lifespan. Some of these signs include:
- Higher water bill: An old water heater functions less efficiently than a new one. A unit that takes a long time to deliver hot water, runs out of hot water too early or delivers varying temperature water is probably an old water heater that has reached the end of its life. Water heaters typically account for close to 17 percent of a home’s energy use. You should closely monitor your monthly water bill. If your water heater is using more energy and costing more and more each month, you probably have an inefficient, old water heater.
- Leaks and rust: If you notice a puddle beneath your water heater caused by leaks, it means you have an old water heater that needs to be replaced. See if there is a pool of water that has formed beneath your water heater. Rusting is another sign that you have an outdated water heater.
- Noise problems: If your water heater bangs, creaks or makes other annoying noises, you probably have an old water heater. Such noises are generally caused by sediment that has accumulated inside the water tank.
These signs should tell you that you need a new water heater. If you require a water heater installation or repair in Orange County, call us today! We can install a Bosch tankless water heater or a heat pump water heater that will save you money!