Signs of a Failing Water Heater

Even the most efficient water heater isn’t engineered to last forever. The functional life of the average water heater is about 12 years or less. How do you know when it’s more cost-effective to replace the unit than repair a failing water heater? Here are some factors to keep in mind.

Signs of a Failing Water Heater

When your water heater isn’t operating efficiently, here are some issues you may be experiencing:

  • Water that isn’t hot
  • Water that looks cloudy
  • A water heater that is leaking
  • Odd noises when your hot water comes on

Solving Problems

Traditional water heaters are built like large drums. They consist of a tank that holds between 30 to 50 gallons of water and a heating mechanism. The tank is typically covered in an insulating material to help preserve the heat. The heating mechanism is generally either on the bottom of the tank or the inside of it. Other components like valves and pipes aid in the transfer of water into and out of the tank.

The key to getting the best performance from your water heater is regular maintenance. If you live in an area where the water supply contains a lot of minerals, you’re likely to experience a buildup of sediment on the bottom of your water tank. This can create a barrier between the water and the heating element.

Your water heater element will respond to the buildup of sediment by working harder. This has the potential to cause leaks or even a complete breakdown of your heating element. When you schedule routine maintenance, your technician will clean out the sediment, which will help extend the functional life of your equipment.

In addition to providing a full range of heating and cooling services to the residents of Seymour, Cota's Comfort Heating & Cooling handles water heater maintenance and repair jobs. When the time finally comes to replace your water heater, we can help you choose new equipment that will meet your budget and lifestyle needs. We can also install the equipment for you. Contact us today to set up a service appointment.

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