Water heaters don’t run forever. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only work around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s essential to be aware of the signs that it’s wearing out. Or else, you might not have warm 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 More Than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is dated doesn’t necessarily mean it’s needing to be replaced right now, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to install a new one shortly. As the years go by, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to add warmth to water. Ultimately, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating pieces to malfunction. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which might damage your Hodgenville home.

By getting a new water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient technology. If you select an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you may receive additional rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t quit there, because an ENERGY STAR style could save you up to $3,500 on energy over its lifetime.

Switching from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you even more. For families hat consume 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 typically work for around 20 years, which is about two times the life expectancy of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaky

In some instances leaks are just the outcome of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a broken valve. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case you’ll need pro assistance from Phelps Heating & Cooling, Inc. to figure out the issue.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your typically clear water suddenly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be at fault. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has accumulated in the tank, while rusty water is a hint there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, Phelps Heating & Cooling, Inc. advises having your water heater inspected by a specialist

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to make hot water. Because of this, it will take longer for it to warm water, and heated water won’t last as long. Both are a hint that your water heater is failing.

To prevent sediment from building up in your tank, Phelps Heating & Cooling, Inc. suggests having one of our pros flush it every year.

5. Water Heater is Making Odd Noises

Just like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a sign that sediment has built up in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, leading to the strange sounds. Over time, the strain on your water heater can create cracks and leaks.

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

Over its lifetime, your water heater could have to have minor repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re frequently getting in touch with Phelps Heating & Cooling, Inc. for help or a critical part has stopped working, you need water heater installation.

It’s exhausting when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has gone out. But that’s not the case when you contact Phelps Heating & Cooling, Inc. at 270-358-3167 for water heater installation in Hodgenville. From picking the right style for your needs and budget to expertly installing it, we make the entire process uncomplicated. Contact us to request your appointment now!