Is Your Propane Water Heater Not Working?

Warning signs your hot water equipment might fail.

water heaters Delaware County, MD When it comes to replacing your water heater, the best time to get in touch with the Poore’s Propane and Oil team is before your current equipment breaks down. Hot water is essential to your quality of life. Without a working water heater, your showers will be icy, your dishwasher out of commission and your hot water taps useless.

And you’ll be left without hot water until we can arrange new equipment and get it installed. At Poore’s, we pride ourselves on working quickly and smartly and responding when customers need us — but you’ll still likely face some uncomfortable times without a working water heater.

Here are five early warning signs that you may need to replace your aging water heater in Delaware County or elsewhere in Central Delmarva.

Advanced Age and Declining Reliability

The average lifespan of a traditional storage-tank water heater is between eight and 12 years. (Tankless and indirect-fired systems last longer.) However, the older your water heater gets, the less efficient it becomes, especially if you or a technician haven’t flushed it of sediment regularly.

This lack of efficiency may manifest itself in inconsistent hot water that runs out quickly.

Loud Noises from Your Tank

Well-functioning water heaters run quietly. If you hear banging or rumbling inside your water heater’s tank, it could indicate that calcium buildup and other sediment have formed a crust inside the unit. You will hear odd noises, and this buildup will make your system more likely to fail.

Brown or Rusty Water from the Tap

Rust inside a struggling water heater can result in your home’s hot water coming out with a dirty tint to it. You might also notice odd smells from your hot water. One of our trained technicians can look at your water heater and see if it’s the cause of the problem.

Puddles Around Your Tank

Water forming around your water heater is not a good sign. There could be a loose valve or fitting, which our team can often fix fairly easily. The problem might be more substantial, though: a cracked or corroded tank. Replacing the unit may be your only option.

Unexplained Increases in Fuel Usage

The U.S. Department of Energy has found that heating water comprises roughly 18% of the average home’s energy usage . That is a significant chunk of your energy spending, behind only home heating and cooling.

If you’ve noticed that you’re consuming more propane or heating oil and can’t account for this with increased heating, cooking or hot water generation, then a less-than-efficient water heater may be the culprit. If your unit is over a decade old, then upgrading to a newer, more efficient product could do wonders for your fuel spending.

Talk to Poore’s About a Water Heater Upgrade.

If you plan ahead when replacing an aging water heater, you will have the best selection of new, energy-efficient products. At Poore’s Propane and Oil, we sell and install traditional, tankless and indirect-fired water heaters. We’ll find you a world-class replacement unit that will keep the hot water flowing and lower your energy costs at the same time.

For a FREE, no-obligation estimate on a new water heater, get in touch with our team today.