Water heaters don’t work for eternity. Even a well-maintained one will only last around 8–12 years, normally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s essential to be aware of the hints that it’s failing. If not, you might not be able to use warm water for several days while you wait for a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is Older than 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 get a new one soon. As time passes, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to warm water. In the end, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating parts to stop working. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which can damage your Warrenton residence.

By installing a new water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient technology. If you go with an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you may be eligible for additional rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t end there, since an ENERGY STAR model could save you up to $3,500 on energy over its lifetime.

Going from a regular tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For residences hat consume 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 run for around 20 years, which is about twice the life span of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaky

Sometimes leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a clue that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case you’ll need professional support from Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning to get to the bottom of the problem.

3. Water is Discolored

If your normally clear water abruptly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be the problem. Cloudy water means sediment has grown in the tank, while rusty water is a sign there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning suggests having your water heater examined by a specialist

4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water

As sediment increases in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to create heated water. As a result, it will require longer for it to warm water, and heated water will be used up more quickly. Both are a hint that your water heater is going out.

To stop sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning advises having one of our specialists flush it annually.

5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises

Just like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has accumulated in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, resulting in the strange sounds. Over time, the extra work on your water heater can create cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Frequently Requiring Water Heater Repair

Over its life span, your water heater might require minor repairs, including valve replacement. But if you’re frequently calling Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning for support or a crucial part has stopped working, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s stressful when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you contact Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning at 636-456-5041 for water heater installation in Warrenton. From selecting the right option for your home and budget to expertly installing it, we make the complete process uncomplicated. Give us a call to schedule your appointment today!