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 critical to know the hints that it’s failing. If not, you could be without hot water for several days while you wait for a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is Older 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 potentially have to install a new one shortly. As the years go by, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to heat water. Eventually, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating pieces to stop working. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which can damage your Monroe home.

By installing a new water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient features. If you install an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you may get additional rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, because an ENERGY STAR style 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 even more. For houses 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 work for around 20 years, which is about twice the life span of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaky

In some cases leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a broken valve. But they can also be a sign that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need professional assistance from Lanz Furnace and Fireplace to determine the trouble.

3. Water is Discolored

If your usually clear water unexpectedly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be the problem. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has built up in the tank, while rusty water means there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, Lanz Furnace and Fireplace recommends having your water heater inspected 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 warm water. As a result, it will need longer for it to warm water, and heated water will run out much more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater is going out.

To prevent sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Lanz Furnace and Fireplace advises having one of our pros flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises

Just like 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 passes, the extra work on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Constantly 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 constantly contacting Lanz Furnace and Fireplace for assistance or a big part has stopped working, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s stressful when your water heater is just about to fail or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you call Lanz Furnace and Fireplace at 608-291-3606 for water heater installation in Monroe. From picking the right option for your needs and budget to expertly installing it, we make the entire process uncomplicated. Call us to schedule your appointment now!