Water heaters don’t work forever. Even a well-maintained one will only work around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to be knowledgeable about the clues that it’s wearing out. Otherwise, you might not be able to use heated water for a couple days while you wait to install a new one.

Here are six common clues that your water heater is dying.

1. Your Water Heater is Past 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll possibly have to replace it shortly. As time passes, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to add warmth to water. In the end, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating pieces to stop working. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which can damage your Dresden residence.

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

Switching from a regular tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you even more. For households hat use 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 frequently last for around 20 years, which is about twice the life expectancy of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaky

In some cases leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a broken valve. But they can also be a clue that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need professional help from McFadden Heating & Cooling to determine the problem.

3. Water is Discolored

If your normally clear water abruptly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be the problem. Cloudy water means sediment has built up in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, McFadden Heating & Cooling suggests having your water heater inspected by a professional

4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water

As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater works harder to create hot water. Due to this, it will require longer for it to heat up water, and hot water will be used up more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To prevent sediment from accumulatingin your tank, McFadden Heating & Cooling suggests having one of our professionals flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises

Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has built up in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, causing the odd sounds. As time goes on, the strain on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Always Requiring Water Heater Repair

Over its life, your water heater may need small repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re often getting in touch with McFadden Heating & Cooling for help or a big part has failed, you need water heater installation.

It’s draining when your water heater is just about to fail or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you contact McFadden Heating & Cooling at 1-866-781-0111 for water heater installation in Dresden. From selecting the right option for your needs and budget to expertly installing it, we make the complete process simple. Call us to request your appointment today!