Water heaters don’t last forever. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only last around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to be knowledgeable about the signs that it’s failing. If not, you might not have heated water for several 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 Older 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 replace it soon. As the years go by, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to warm water. Eventually, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating pieces to fail. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which might damage your Columbia house.

By getting a new water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient options. If you go with an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you might receive added rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, because an ENERGY STAR water heater could save you up to $3,500 on water heating over its lifetime.

Switching from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For households hat consume 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 frequently last for around 20 years, which is about two times the life expectancy of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaky

In some instances leaks are just the result of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a sign that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case you’ll need skilled help from Watts Electric & AC to determine the trouble.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your typically clear water abruptly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be the problem. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has grown in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, Watts Electric & AC recommends having your water heater examined by a specialist

4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water

As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to make hot water. As a result, it will take longer for it to heat up water, and warm 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, Watts Electric & AC suggests having one of our specialists flush it every year.

5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises

Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, causing the weird sounds. As time passes, the stress on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

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

Over its life span, your water heater might have to have minor repairs, including valve replacement. But if you’re frequently contacting Watts Electric & AC for support or a crucial part has failed, you need water heater installation.

It’s exhausting when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you call Watts Electric & AC at 601-736-7362 for water heater installation in Columbia. From picking the right option for your home and budget to expertly installing it, we make the entire process easy. Contact us to request your appointment right away!