Water heaters don’t work forever. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only run around 8–12 years, normally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to be knowledgeable about the hints that it’s wearing out. If not, you might not be able to use warm water for a couple days while you wait to replace it.

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

1. Your Water Heater is Past 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is dated doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll possibly have to replace it shortly. As time passes, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to warm water. Ultimately, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating parts to fail. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which could damage your Circleville residence.

By getting a new water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient options. If you select an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could get added rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t end there, because an ENERGY STAR model could save you up to $3,500 on utilities over its lifetime.

Changing from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For households hat use less than 41 gallons of water per 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 usually last for around 20 years, which is about two times the life span of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaky

In some cases leaks are just the result of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a clue that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need professional assistance from Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling to get to the bottom of the trouble.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your usually clear water unexpectedly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be at fault. Cloudy water means sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water is a hint there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling suggests having your water heater inspected by a professional

4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water

As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to make heated water. As a result, it will require longer for it to warm water, and warm water won’t last as long. Both are a hint that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To prevent sediment from building up in your tank, Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling suggests having one of our professionals flush it annually.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises

Just like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a sign that sediment has accumulated in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, resulting in the strange sounds. As time goes on, the strain on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Always Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its lifetime, your water heater might need minor repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re often calling Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling for assistance or a crucial part has gone out, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s exhausting when your water heater is just about to fail or has gone out. But that’s not the case when you contact Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling at 740-474-5940 for water heater installation in Circleville. From selecting the right solution for your home and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the complete process simple. Call us to request your appointment today!