Water heaters don’t last indefinitely. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only last around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s essential to be knowledgeable about the symptoms that it’s wearing out. Or else, you might not be able to use heated 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 Past 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is dated doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to install a new one 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 corrode the tank and cause the heating components to malfunction. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which might damage your Marshfield residence.

By getting a new water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient technology. If you install an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you might receive extra 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 traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you even more. For families hat use 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 usually work for around 20 years, which is about two times the life expectancy of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Losing Water

In some instances leaks are just the result of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a broken valve. But they can also be a clue that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case you’ll need professional assistance from House of Heating Incorporated to get to the bottom of the issue.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your usually clear water abruptly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be the problem. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has built up in the tank, while rusty water is a hint there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, House of Heating Incorporated suggests having your water heater inspected by a professional

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment increases in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater works harder to produce heated water. Because of this, it will take longer for it to warm water, and warm water won’t last as long. Both are a sign that your water heater is failing.

To keep sediment from building up in your tank, House of Heating Incorporated recommends having one of our pros flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises

Like 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 odd sounds. Over time, the stress on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

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

Over its lifetime, your water heater may require little repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re often calling House of Heating Incorporated for help or a crucial part has stopped working, it’s time for 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 House of Heating Incorporated at 715-384-3163 for water heater installation in Marshfield. From picking the right option for your family and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the whole process easy. Give us a call to schedule your appointment right away!