Water heaters don’t work for eternity. Even a well-maintained one will only run around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to know the clues that it’s dying. Or else, you might not be able to use warm water for a couple days while you wait to replace it.

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

1. Your Water Heater is Past 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to replace it soon. As time passes, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to heat water. In the end, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating parts to stop working. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which may damage your Narvon home.

By installing a new water heater, you’ll receive the most energy-efficient options. If you install an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could be eligible for extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t end there, since an ENERGY STAR style could save you up to $3,500 on utilities over its lifetime.

Changing from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For residences hat require 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

Sometimes leaks are just the result of loose connections, wrong pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a hint that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need skilled help from Ameri-Tec to get to the bottom of the issue.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your normally clear water suddenly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be at fault. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has grown in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Ameri-Tec advises having your water heater inspected by a specialist

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 produce warm water. As a result, it will take longer for it to produce hot water, and hot water will run out much more quickly. Both are a sign that your water heater is failing.

To keep sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Ameri-Tec suggests having one of our specialists flush it every year.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises

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

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

Over its life span, your water heater may need little repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re often getting in touch with Ameri-Tec for assistance 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 call Ameri-Tec at 717-479-4950 for water heater installation in Narvon. From selecting the right solution for your home and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the entire process easy. Contact us to book your appointment right away!