Water heaters don’t last forever. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only last around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to be aware of the signs that it’s dying. If not, you might not have warm water for a couple days while you wait for a new one.

Here are six common clues 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 needing to be replaced right now, but it does mean you’ll possibly have to replace it shortly. As the years go by, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to warm water. Eventually, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating components to stop working. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which can damage your Elk River home.

By replacing your water heater, you’ll receive the most energy-efficient options. If you choose an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you might get extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t quit there, since an ENERGY STAR model could save you up to $3,500 on utilities over its lifetime.

Switching from a regular tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For families hat need less than 41 gallons of water each 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 work for around 20 years, which is about two times the life span of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Losing Water

In some cases leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a clue that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any event you’ll need pro assistance from Home Comfort Heating & Air to determine the trouble.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your usually clear water unexpectedly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be at fault. 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, Home Comfort Heating & Air suggests having your water heater inspected by a pro

4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water

As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to make warm water. As a result, it will require longer for it to produce hot water, and heated water will run out much more quickly. Both are a hint that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To prevent sediment from collectingin your tank, Home Comfort Heating & Air suggests having one of our pros flush it annually.

5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises

Like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a clue that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, causing the weird sounds. Over time, the stress on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Frequently Requiring Water Heater Repair

Over its life span, your water heater may have to have minor repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re constantly calling Home Comfort Heating & Air for support or a big part has failed, you need 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 get in touch with Home Comfort Heating & Air at 763-276-0617 for water heater installation in Elk River. From picking the right option for your home and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the entire process uncomplicated. Give us a call to book your appointment right away!