Water heaters don’t run indefinitely. Even a well-maintained one will only last around 8–12 years, normally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s essential to be knowledgeable about the signs that it’s wearing out. Or else, you could be without warm water for a couple days while you wait to replace it.

Here are six common signs that your water heater is going bad.

1. Your Water Heater is Older than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s needing to be replaced right now, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to get a new one soon. Over time, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to heat water. Eventually, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating parts to malfunction. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which could damage your Narvon home.

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

Going from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For houses 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 usually last for around 20 years, which is about two times the life span of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaky

In some instances leaks are just the outcome of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need skilled assistance from Ameri-Tec to figure out the problem.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your typically clear water unexpectedly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be the problem. Cloudy water means sediment has accumulated in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, Ameri-Tec suggests having your water heater inspected by a professional

4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water

As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to make heated water. Because of this, it will require longer for it to produce hot water, and heated water won’t last as long. Both are a clue that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To stop sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Ameri-Tec advises having one of our pros flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises

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

6. You’re Always Requiring Water Heater Repair

Over its lifetime, your water heater might need minor repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re often contacting Ameri-Tec for support or a critical part has gone out, you need 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 Ameri-Tec at 717-479-4950 for water heater installation in Narvon. From choosing the right style for your home and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the complete process simple. Give us a call to book your appointment right away!