Water heaters don’t run indefinitely. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only run around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s essential to be knowledgeable about the signs that it’s failing. Otherwise, you might not be able to use heated water for several days while you wait for a new one.

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 aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll likely have to get a new one momentarily. As time passes, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to warm water. Ultimately, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating components to fail. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which can damage your Kearney residence.

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

Changing from a regular tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater 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 run for around 20 years, which is about twice the lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaky

In some instances leaks are just the result of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a sign that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any event you’ll need pro help from Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning to get to the bottom of the issue.

3. Water is Discolored

If your typically clear water unexpectedly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be at fault. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has accumulated in the tank, while rusty water is a sign there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning advises having your water heater examined by a professional

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater works harder to make hot water. Because of this, it will take longer for it to warm water, and hot water will be used up more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater is going out.

To stop sediment from building up in your tank, Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning recommends having one of our pros flush it every year.

5. Water Heater is Making Odd Noises

Like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, resulting in the unusual sounds. As time passes, the extra work on your water heater can create cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Constantly Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its lifetime, your water heater might have to have minor repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re often getting in touch with Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning for help or a major part has gone out, it’s time for water heater installation.

It’s stressful when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has gone out. But that’s not the case when you call Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning at 308-624-3485 for water heater installation in Kearney. From picking the right option for your family and budget to expertly installing it, we make the whole process simple. Call us to book your appointment right away!