Water heaters don’t last indefinitely. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only last around 8–12 years, normally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to know the clues that it’s wearing out. If not, you might not have warm water for a few days while you wait to install a new one.

Here are six common clues that your water heater is wearing out.

1. Your Water Heater is More Than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is dated doesn’t necessarily mean it’s needing to be replaced right now, but it does mean you’ll possibly have to get a new one shortly. As time passes, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to heat water. Eventually, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating parts to malfunction. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which may damage your Greensburg residence.

By getting a new water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient options. If you choose an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you may be eligible for extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, since an ENERGY STAR model could save you up to $3,500 on energy over its lifetime.

Switching from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For residences hat require less than 41 gallons of water each day a tankless water heater is usually 24–34% more efficient than a tank water heater, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. What’s even better is that tankless water heaters usually work for around 20 years, which is about two times the life span of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Losing Water

In some instances leaks are just the result of loose connections, wrong pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a sign that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need pro help from Wallpe Heating & Cooling to figure out the issue.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your normally clear water suddenly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be at fault. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water means there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, Wallpe Heating & Cooling advises having your water heater examined by a specialist

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment increases in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to produce heated water. Because of this, it will take longer for it to heat up water, and hot water won’t last as long. Both are a clue that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To stop sediment from building up in your tank, Wallpe Heating & Cooling suggests having one of our professionals flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises

Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a sign that sediment has built up in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, leading to the odd sounds. As time passes, the extra work on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Always Requiring Water Heater Repair

Over its life span, your water heater may require small repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re frequently contacting Wallpe Heating & Cooling for support or a critical part has failed, it’s time for water heater installation.

It’s draining when your water heater is just about to fail or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you call Wallpe Heating & Cooling at 812-663-7252 for water heater installation in Greensburg. From selecting the right option for your needs and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the complete process simple. Call us to schedule your appointment now!