Water heaters don’t last forever. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only work around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to know 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 for a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is More Than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll likely have to replace it soon. As time passes, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to warm water. Ultimately, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating pieces to malfunction. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which can damage your Branchville house.

By installing a new water heater, you’ll receive the most energy-efficient technology. If you select an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you may be eligible for added rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, because an ENERGY STAR model could save you up to $3,500 on utilities over its lifetime.

Changing from a regular tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For residences hat consume less than 41 gallons of water daily 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 run for around 20 years, which is about two times the life expectancy of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

In some cases leaks are just the result of loose connections, wrong pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case you’ll need skilled help from Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. to get to the bottom of the trouble.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your typically clear water unexpectedly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be the problem. Cloudy water means sediment has built up in the tank, while rusty water is a hint there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. suggests having your water heater examined by a professional

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater works harder to make heated water. Because of this, it will require longer for it to warm water, and heated water won’t last as long. Both are a clue that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To prevent sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. advises having one of our specialists flush it every year.

5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises

Like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has built up in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, causing the strange sounds. As time passes, the strain on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Always Having to Have Water Heater Repair

Over its life span, your water heater may need little repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re often getting in touch with Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. for assistance or a big part has gone out, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s exhausting when your water heater is just about to fail or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you call Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. at 862-345-6896 for water heater installation in Branchville. From picking the right option for your family and budget to expertly installing it, we make the complete process uncomplicated. Contact us to schedule your appointment now!