Water heaters don’t last forever. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only last around 8–12 years, normally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to be knowledgeable about the hints that it’s dying. Or else, you might not have heated water for a few days while you wait to install a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is Older than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is dated doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll possibly have to replace it momentarily. Over time, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to heat water. In the end, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating components to stop working. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which could damage your Holdrege home.

By installing a new water heater, you’ll receive the most energy-efficient technology. If you install an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could get extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, because an ENERGY STAR model could save you up to $3,500 on energy over its lifetime.

Going from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you even more. For residences hat need less than 41 gallons of water per day a tankless water heater is usually 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 double the life span of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaky

In some instances leaks are just the outcome of loose connections, wrong pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any event you’ll need pro assistance from Durable Service to determine the issue.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your typically clear water abruptly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be at fault. 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 instance, Durable Service recommends having your water heater inspected by a pro

4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water

As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to produce warm water. Because of this, it will need 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 going out.

To prevent sediment from collectingin your tank, Durable Service recommends having one of our professionals flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird Noises

Just like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has built up in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, leading to the strange sounds. Over time, the stress on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Always Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its lifetime, your water heater might have to have little repairs, including valve replacement. But if you’re frequently calling Durable Service for assistance or a crucial part has gone out, it’s time for water heater installation.

It’s draining when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you get in touch with Durable Service at 308-995-8177 for water heater installation in Holdrege. From choosing the right option for your family and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the entire process easy. Call us to request your appointment now!