We all take hot running water for granted. From showering to cleaning dishes to laundry, our water heater provides for many of our daily tasks. We don’t give it a second thought – until it’s not there. While your water heater may appear to be performing, a failure is always a terrible inconvenience and often results in a catastrophic mess! 

Four Signs Your Water Heater is About to Fail

Be alert for these indicators your water heater is about to fail.

  1. Age. If your water heater is more than eight years old, it’s on borrowed time. To find its age, look for the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker. The first letter indicates the MONTH the water heater was manufactured. For example, the letter B is the second letter of the alphabet and represents the second month, February. The next two digits represent the YEAR code – 08 would indicate it was made in 2008. If this is your water heater, it’s due for a replacement.
  2. Rusty Water. If you discover discolored water from the hot faucets in your home, this can be a sign the inside of the water heater is rusting and is likely to begin leaking soon. You are overdue for a replacement.
  3. Rumbling. As water heaters age, sediment builds and eventually hardens. When this happens, you can often hear rumbling or a banging sound from the water heater, indicating that it is close to the end of its life.
  4. Drips and Wetness. If you notice moisture or water drips around your heater, it’s a sign there may be a fracture and leaking from the tank. A catastrophic mess may be just around the corner if you don’t replace it as soon as possible.

Be proactive. Checking for these indicators will help ensure there’s still hot water available if you’re the last in the morning stampede to your bathroom.

Choosing Your Next Water Heater

Today’s water heaters are far superior to their predecessors. They are fine tuned, corrosion resistant, and designed with controls and sensors to maximize efficiency. This makes heated water available more quickly, requires less energy and lowers utility bills. Choosing the right water heater can be complicated. The following may help you evaluate alternatives.

Three General Types of Water Heaters

Conventional Storage Tanks – Traditional 50-gallon water tanks have been around for decades. These versatile appliances are usually powered by natural gas. They are equipped with a thermostat that regulates the water temperature inside the tank. Whenever the temperature varies from the designated setting, the heater kicks into action to return the temperature to the desired level. They are equipped with safety valves to prevent overheating while releasing excess pressure. The price of these water heaters varies widely, and annual energy costs will typically be around $550.

Tankless Water Heaters – These devices use heating coils to deliver hot water on demand, eliminating the need for an oversized storage tank. This saves energy along with the cost of heating a large volume of water. Such heaters can be powered by electricity or natural gas. A gas-powered unit requires additional ventilation, and the electric-powered unit may require electrical upgrades. There is also quite a price range for these heaters. However, the average annual energy costs are about $350.

Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heaters – These sophisticated devices combine the energy efficiency of tankless with the storage supply of traditional tanks. A heat pump mounted on top of the tank efficiently feeds water through an electronic compressor. It heats water at 60% greater efficiency, resulting in annual energy costs of around $200.

We Help Homeowners

Flader Plumbing and Heating is uniquely suited to assist you in determining the solution that best fits your home and family’s needs. We’ve been serving your neighbors and our community for over 100 years and 4 generations. 

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Flader Plumbing and Heating recommends equipment, models, and brands proven to have the fewest problems and service calls. We specialize in:

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Whether you’re replacing your water heater, furnace or central air conditioning, adding a humidifier or clean air system, or cleaning and servicing your air quality system or sump pump, we are knowledgeable and expert in delivering the service you need.   

Our professional technicians arrive on time, listen to your concerns, and answer your questions. They will recommend the right solution and deliver as promised. Flader technicians average 15 years of experience and are EPA certified.

Expert service, quality parts, and satisfaction guaranteed. That’s the winning trifecta you deserve. There is no reason to compromise. Call us at 847-491-6980. 

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