Water heaters don’t run forever. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only work around 8–12 years, normally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s essential to be aware of the symptoms that it’s failing. Or else, you might not be able to use warm water for a few days while you wait for a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is More Than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll possibly have to install a new one momentarily. As time passes, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to warm water. Ultimately, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating components to fail. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which might damage your Fredericksburg residence.

By replacing your water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient features. If you install an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you might receive extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, as an ENERGY STAR water heater could save you up to $3,500 on utilities over its lifetime.

Going from a regular tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you even more. For houses hat use 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 work for around 20 years, which is about double the lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

In some cases leaks are just the outcome of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a broken valve. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any event you’ll need professional assistance from Childress Heating & AC to get to the bottom of the problem.

3. Water is Discolored

If your typically clear water abruptly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be the problem. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has built up in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, Childress Heating & AC advises having your water heater examined by a pro

4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water

As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to make heated water. Because of this, it will need longer for it to warm water, and heated water will be used up more quickly. Both are a sign that your water heater is failing.

To stop sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Childress Heating & AC recommends having one of our specialists flush it annually.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird Noises

Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has accumulated in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, resulting in the unusual sounds. As time goes on, the stress on your water heater can create cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Always Requiring Water Heater Repair

Over its lifetime, your water heater may have to have little repairs, including valve replacement. But if you’re constantly contacting Childress Heating & AC for assistance or a big part has gone out, it’s time for water heater installation.

It’s draining when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you get in touch with Childress Heating & AC at 540-675-4306 for water heater installation in Fredericksburg. From picking the right style for your home and budget to expertly installing it, we make the entire process simple. Contact us to book your appointment right away!