Water heaters don’t run indefinitely. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only run around 8–12 years, normally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s essential to be aware of the signs that it’s failing. Or else, you might not have warm water for several days while you wait to replace it.

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

1. Your Water Heater is Past 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll likely have to get a new one momentarily. As the years go by, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to heat water. Eventually, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating pieces to fail. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which can damage your Derby residence.

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

Switching from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you even more. For families hat use 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 two times the lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

Sometimes leaks are just the outcome of loose connections, wrong pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any event you’ll need skilled assistance from Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning to determine the trouble.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your usually clear water suddenly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be the problem. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water means there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning advises having your water heater examined by a pro

4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water

As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater works harder to produce warm water. Because of this, it will need longer for it to heat up water, and hot water won’t last as long. Both are a hint that your water heater is going out.

To stop sediment from collectingin your tank, Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning recommends having one of our pros flush it every year.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises

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

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

Over its life, your water heater might require minor repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re often getting in touch with Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning for assistance or a crucial 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 stopped working. But that’s not the case when you contact Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning at 203-772-8319 for water heater installation in Derby. From choosing the right solution for your home and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the complete process easy. Give us a call to book your appointment right away!