Water heaters don’t run 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 signs that it’s wearing out. Otherwise, you might not be able to use heated water for a few days while you wait to replace it.

Here are six common signs that your water heater is dying.

1. Your Water Heater is More Than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s needing to be replaced right now, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to replace it momentarily. As time passes, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to heat water. In the end, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating pieces to malfunction. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which can damage your Columbia house.

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

Switching from a regular tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For houses hat require 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 last for around 20 years, which is about two times the lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaky

In some cases leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, wrong pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need skilled help from Watts Electric & AC to get to the bottom of the problem.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your usually clear water abruptly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be the problem. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has accumulated in the tank, while rusty water is a sign there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, Watts Electric & AC advises having your water heater inspected by a specialist

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to produce warm water. Because of this, it will need longer for it to produce hot water, and warm water will run out much more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater is failing.

To prevent sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Watts Electric & AC recommends having one of our pros flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird 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, causing the unusual sounds. As time goes on, the strain on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

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

Over its lifetime, your water heater could have to have small repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re frequently calling Watts Electric & AC for support or a big part has gone out, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s draining when your water heater is just about to fail or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you get in touch with Watts Electric & AC at 601-736-7362 for water heater installation in Columbia. From picking the right option for your needs and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the entire process uncomplicated. Contact us to book your appointment now!