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Dec 18 2021

Signs You Need a New Water Heater

No hot water coming out of your faucet is an obvious sign that your water heater is no longer working, but are there subtle signs that can be an indication of your heater’s life span? Yes! Watch out for these red flags that may indicate your water heater has its days numbered.

  1. Old unit: Water heaters typically last about 10 to 15 years, so it is important that you keep track of the years you have had your water heater to help curb the possibility of it just dying on you one day. Purchasing a new water heater can help prevent major issues down the road.
  2. Water color change: If your water is anything but clear as it usually is, it could be a sign of rusting in the inside of your water tank. This is especially a sign even if you have hard water and have just changed your filters or added salt to your softener. 
  3. Unusual smells: Just as in a color change, if your water smells different out of the tap, it could be an indication that there is a breakdown going on inside your tank with flakes and grit becoming part of your water supply.
  4. Strange sounds: Pops and cracks coming out of your tank is a sure sign of something wrong. Don’t ignore this indicator as the sounds can be the interaction between heating elements and mineral buildup.
  5. Hot water usage: A lifespan is based on average use of a unit, but if you have a large family, you can expect your tank to break down at a different rate as it is used more. A single person can expect a longer lifespan out of a system.
  6. Repairs and more repairs: If you are finding yourself spending more and more time and money on repairing your water heater, it is time to consider purchasing a new unit. Our professional team of technicians can talk you through what is going on and if it may make more sense to install a new water heater instead of repairing your old one.
  7. Leaking water: The most obvious sign of problems with your water heater is when it starts leaking. Any sign of water – whether it is a few drips or a puddle- is an indicator that the inner tank of your unit has broken down. This sign means it’s time to move on installing a brand new system before it breaks and causes major flooding at your home.

Tank or Tankless Units Are Offered By Our Team

At Van Drunen Heating and Air Conditioning, we can help you with your water heater project in Northwest Indiana today. We install both types of water heaters – traditional and tankless, which are considered highly energy efficient. A new water heater can really help with energy expenses, repairs and peace of mind.

If you have questions about your water heater, reach out via our online form.

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