Water heaters don’t run forever. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only run around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s essential to know the symptoms that it’s failing. If not, you might not be able to use hot water for several days while you wait to replace it.

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 older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll likely have to install a new one shortly. As time passes, 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 pieces to fail. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which may damage your Cache Valley residence.

By replacing your water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient technology. If you go with an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could 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 utilities over its lifetime.

Switching from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For households hat need 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 typically run for around 20 years, which is about two times the life span of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Losing Water

Sometimes leaks are just the result of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a sign that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need skilled assistance from Western Mechanical, Inc. to get to the bottom of the trouble.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your usually clear water abruptly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be the problem. Cloudy water means sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Western Mechanical, Inc. recommends having your water heater inspected by a professional

4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water

As sediment increases in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater works harder to make heated water. Because of this, it will take longer for it to produce hot water, and hot water will run out much more quickly. Both are a hint that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To prevent sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Western Mechanical, Inc. advises having one of our pros flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird Noises

Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a sign that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, causing the odd sounds. As time goes on, the extra work on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Constantly Requiring Water Heater Repair

Over its life span, your water heater could have to have small repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re frequently contacting Western Mechanical, Inc. for assistance or a major part has failed, it’s time for water heater installation.

It’s stressful when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you call Western Mechanical, Inc. at 435-753-5515 for water heater installation in Cache Valley. From choosing the right style for your needs and budget to expertly installing it, we make the entire process easy. Give us a call to schedule your appointment today!