Every year in the United States, around 8% of households replace their water heaters. Given that water heating is the second largest energy end use in homes (behind space cooling and heating), it is essential that your home’s water heater is working efficiently and effectively.

Around 27 million households in the U.S. have a water heater that is more than 10 years old. Around this age, a water heater is coming to the end of its functional life.

There are a number of signs that you should be aware of that your home needs a new water heater. In this blog post, we will highlight 5 of these, including the age of the water heater, rusty water, strange noises, water leaks, and hot water not lasting as long as it should. Let’s get started.

1. Your Current Water Heater Is Old

As noted above in the introduction, a water heater has a functional life of around 10 years. With proper care and maintenance, it may be possible to get an extra few years out of a water heater. However, the reality is that it is likely that you will begin to notice issues with your water heater once it has reached a certain age and begins to lose effectiveness.

2. There Is Rusty Water Out of the Tap

Rusty water is another sign that you need to replace your water heater, especially if the water heater is old. In the case where you are experiencing rusty water with a relatively new water heater, it’s possible to add a new zinc anode rod. However, for older heaters, replacing the unit is generally seen as a more cost-effective option.

3. You’re Hearing Strange Noises

A water heater isn’t absolutely silent when it is operating normally, though there are certain noises that should be cause for concern and point to a damaged water heater. For example, popping, clanking, or rubbing noises point to an issue that either requires fixing or else unit replacement.

4. Water Leaks Around the Water Heater

Over time, slight fractures can develop in your water heater. This occurs as the tank contracts and expands with heat, which can lead to water leaks around the heater.

We recommend that you schedule immediate repairs if you notice this issue. Depending on the age of the water heater, it may be better to replace the unit if you notice leaks.

5. Hot Water Isn’t Lasting as Long as Before

A water heater’s efficiency and ability to heat water will gradually worsen over time. If you notice that your water heater is no longer able to meet your household’s hot water needs, it’s a sign that you should replace it.

Signs Your Home Needs a New Water Heater

If you need a new water heater for your home, your premier choice in Franklin, TN is Sewell Electric Company. We are the local experts in HVAC repair, replacement, and installation. Contact our friendly and experienced team today to schedule an appointment.