Water heaters don’t last indefinitely. 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 important to be aware of the signs that it’s wearing out. Otherwise, you might not have heated water for a few days while you wait to install a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is Past 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll possibly have to get a new one shortly. As the years go by, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to add warmth to water. Eventually, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating parts to malfunction. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which might damage your Huntingburg residence.

By replacing your water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient technology. If you go with an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you may get additional rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, as an ENERGY STAR style could save you up to $3,500 on energy over its lifetime.

Going from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you even more. For residences hat require 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 instances leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, wrong 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 professional help from Dearing's Service & Solutions to figure out the problem.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your normally clear water unexpectedly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be at fault. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has built up in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, Dearing's Service & Solutions recommends having your water heater examined by a pro

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to create heated water. As a result, it will need longer for it to warm water, and hot water will run out much more quickly. Both are a hint that your water heater is failing.

To stop sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Dearing's Service & Solutions advises having one of our pros flush it annually.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird Noises

Just like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a clue that sediment has accumulated in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, resulting in the odd sounds. As time passes, the strain on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

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

Over its life, your water heater might need small repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re frequently getting in touch with Dearing's Service & Solutions for help or a crucial part has gone out, you need water heater installation.

It’s exhausting when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you call Dearing's Service & Solutions at 812-200-5844 for water heater installation in Huntingburg. From picking the right option for your home and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the whole process easy. Contact us to request your appointment right away!