Your Water Heater May Be Telling You It’s Time To Go
Date: June 8, 2020
These days, people are spending a lot more time at home and because of that, they may be adding extra strain on important appliances like water heaters, shortening their life span.
Don’t ignore any trouble signs you experience. Your water heater will often give you hints that it requires immediate repairs or needs to be replaced entirely before it fails you completely.
There are a lot of things that are annoying these days. So why add being stuck without hot water on top of the situation?
Five signs that it’s time to replace your water heater:
- Age – A storage-tank water heater will last about 10 years on average – a number that can drop quickly if it is not properly maintained.
- Higher bills – Heating your domestic water accounts for around 20% of your home’s energy costs. If your bills keep getting higher, your water heater is probably overworking to do its job – and suffering from inefficiency as a result.
- Leaks or rusty water – A puddle of water under your tank – or rusty water coming from it – are classic signs that your water heater is probably corroding from the inside out.
- Hard water – White stains on your utensils and glassware are common signs of hard (mineral-containing) water. Your water supply could be hard to begin with, or the problem could be the result of a long-term build-up of lime in your tank; either way, those minerals will reduce efficiency and shorten the lifespan of your water heater.
- Unusual noises – Growling or gurgling sounds in your storage tank are usually a sign of sediment build-up – a problem that eventually leads to costly water heater repairs or a premature replacement if it is not addressed. When a water heater hasn’t been maintained as it should, the build-up of sediment often causes banging and/or rumbling noises made when water is being heated. That’s why you need your water heater tank drained regularly to get rid of those sediments. It’s something our service technician can do when he’s at your home doing routine maintenance.. But if it’s been several years since the tank has been drained of sediment, it’s probably best to invest in a new water heater.
If you’re experiencing these or any other problems with your water heater, please contact us.
Our water heater experts will help you choose a model that’s the right fit for your space, use, and budget, then install it quickly and correctly so you have one less thing to worry about during these uncertain times.
If you have an old electric water heater, we strongly recommend an upgrade to a more efficient oil-powered water heater. Heating oil uses less energy than electricity for heating water, and it’s better for the environment.
Electricity from a coal-fired power plant creates more carbon emissions than burning oil. Make the switch to an oil-fired water heater and you’ll not only save money, you’ll also reduce your household’s carbon footprint.
Contact Cubby Oil & Energy today to schedule a no-obligation, contactless water heater inspection. We are a leading water heater installer in Greater Boston, so we’ve seen it all—trust us for an honest, objective opinion.
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