Water heaters don’t run forever. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only work around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to be aware of the hints that it’s dying. Otherwise, you could be without heated water for a couple 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 Older 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 possibly have to replace it shortly. Over time, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to warm water. Ultimately, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating parts to fail. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which may damage your Thedford residence.

By getting a new water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient options. If you go with an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you might receive additional rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, since an ENERGY STAR water heater could save you up to $3,500 on water heating over its lifetime.

Changing from a regular tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you even more. For residences hat use less than 41 gallons of water per day 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 run for around 20 years, which is about double the life expectancy of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Losing Water

Sometimes leaks are just the consequence 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 help from Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning to determine the problem.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your typically clear water abruptly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be the problem. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has built up in the tank, while rusty water means there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning recommends having your water heater examined by a professional

4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water

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

To stop sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning recommends having one of our specialists flush it every year.

5. Water Heater is Making Odd Noises

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

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

Over its lifetime, your water heater might have to have minor repairs, including valve replacement. But if you’re frequently calling Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning 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 gone out. But that’s not the case when you contact Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning at 519-296-4437 for water heater installation in Thedford. From selecting the right style for your home and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the entire process simple. Give us a call to request your appointment right away!