Water heaters don’t work forever. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only run 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. Or else, you might not have heated water for a few days while you wait to replace it.

Here are six common hints that your water heater is going bad.

1. Your Water Heater is Older than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is dated doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll likely have to replace it shortly. As the years go by, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to warm water. In the end, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating parts to stop working. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which can damage your Genoa home.

By replacing your water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient technology. If you install an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you may get extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, because an ENERGY STAR style could save you up to $3,500 on energy over its lifetime.

Changing from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For houses hat require less than 41 gallons of water each day a tankless water heater is typically 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 typically run for around 20 years, which is about two times the lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaky

In some instances leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, wrong pressure or a broken valve. But they can also be a hint that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any event you’ll need pro help from Assured Appliance & Heating & Air to figure out the trouble.

3. Water is Discolored

If your typically clear water abruptly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be the problem. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has built up in the tank, while rusty water is a sign there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, Assured Appliance & Heating & Air advises having your water heater inspected by a professional

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to make hot water. As a result, it will require longer for it to warm water, and hot water will be used up more quickly. Both are a sign that your water heater is failing.

To prevent sediment from building up in your tank, Assured Appliance & Heating & Air suggests having one of our pros flush it annually.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises

Like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a clue that sediment has accumulated in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, resulting in the unusual sounds. Over time, the strain on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Constantly Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its life, your water heater could have to have minor repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re frequently contacting Assured Appliance & Heating & Air for assistance or a big part has gone out, you need water heater installation.

It’s draining when your water heater is just about to fail or has gone out. But that’s not the case when you call Assured Appliance & Heating & Air at +1 847-293-0047 for water heater installation in Genoa. From choosing the right solution for your family and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the whole process uncomplicated. Give us a call to request your appointment today!