Water heaters don’t run indefinitely. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only run around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to be aware of the hints that it’s failing. Or else, you could be without warm water for a couple days while you wait for a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is More Than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is dated doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll likely have to get a new one soon. As the years go by, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to warm water. Eventually, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating parts to fail. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which may damage your Wyandotte residence.

By getting a new water heater, you’ll receive the most energy-efficient technology. If you go with an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you may receive 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.

Going from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For residences hat need less than 41 gallons of water daily 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 usually run for around 20 years, which is about twice the life expectancy of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Losing Water

Sometimes leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need professional assistance from Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning to get to the bottom of the problem.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your typically clear water suddenly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater might 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 case, Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning suggests having your water heater examined by a pro

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

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

To stop sediment from collectingin your tank, Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning advises having one of our specialists flush it annually.

5. Water Heater is Making Odd Noises

Just like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a clue that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, causing the weird sounds. As time goes on, the extra work on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Always Requiring Water Heater Repair

Over its life, your water heater may have to have little repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re frequently calling Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning for help or a major part has failed, it’s time for water heater installation.

It’s exhausting when your water heater is just about to fail or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you contact Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning at 734-284-1224 for water heater installation in Wyandotte. From choosing the right style for your home and budget to expertly installing it, we make the entire process easy. Contact us to book your appointment right away!