Water heaters don’t last forever. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only run around 8–12 years, normally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s essential 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 for a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is More Than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s needing to be replaced right now, but it does mean you’ll likely have to replace it shortly. Over time, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to heat water. Eventually, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating components to fail. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which could damage your Fredericksburg house.

By replacing your water heater, you’ll receive the most energy-efficient features. If you go with an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could be eligible for extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t end there, since an ENERGY STAR water heater could save you up to $3,500 on utilities over its lifetime.

Going from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For households hat need less than 41 gallons of water daily a tankless water heater is often 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 span of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

Sometimes leaks are just the outcome 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. In any event you’ll need professional support from Childress Heating & AC to figure out the problem.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your typically clear water suddenly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be the problem. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water is a sign there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Childress Heating & AC suggests 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 needs more energy to create heated water. Because of this, it will take 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 stop sediment from collectingin your tank, Childress Heating & AC suggests having one of our specialists flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises

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

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

Over its lifetime, your water heater may need minor repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re constantly calling Childress Heating & AC for help or a critical part has stopped working, you need water heater installation.

It’s draining when your water heater is just about to stop working or has gone out. But that’s not the case when you contact Childress Heating & AC at 540-675-4306 for water heater installation in Fredericksburg. From choosing the right style for your home and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the whole process uncomplicated. Contact us to book your appointment now!