Water heaters don’t run indefinitely. Even a well-maintained one will only last around 8–12 years, normally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to know the hints that it’s wearing out. Otherwise, you could be without warm water for a few days while you wait to replace it.

Here are six common clues that your water heater is wearing out.

1. Your Water Heater is More 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 replace it shortly. As time passes, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to heat water. Ultimately, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating components to malfunction. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which may damage your Columbus home.

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

Going from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For residences hat require less than 41 gallons of water daily 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 frequently last 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 valve needing replacement. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case you’ll need pro support from Classic Air to get to the bottom of the problem.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your normally clear water unexpectedly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be at fault. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water is a sign there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, Classic Air suggests having your water heater inspected by a specialist

4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water

As sediment increases in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to produce heated water. Due to this, it will take longer for it to produce hot water, and heated water will run out much more quickly. Both are a hint that your water heater is going out.

To prevent sediment from building up in your tank, Classic Air recommends having one of our specialists flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird 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, leading to the strange sounds. Over time, the stress on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

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

Over its lifetime, your water heater could require little repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re frequently getting in touch with Classic Air for assistance or a big part has stopped working, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s draining when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has gone out. But that’s not the case when you contact Classic Air at 614-210-3041 for water heater installation in Columbus. From selecting the right option for your needs and budget to expertly installing it, we make the entire process easy. Call us to book your appointment now!