Water heaters don’t work forever. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only work around 8–12 years, normally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s essential to be knowledgeable about the symptoms that it’s wearing out. Or else, you might not be able to use heated water for several days while you wait to replace it.

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

1. Your Water Heater is More Than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to install a new one soon. Over time, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to add warmth to water. Ultimately, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating parts to malfunction. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which might damage your Chelan and Wenatchee home.

By installing a new water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient technology. 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 energy over its lifetime.

Switching from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For houses hat use less than 41 gallons of water daily 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 usually work for around 20 years, which is about twice the life span of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaky

In some instances leaks are just the result 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 skilled assistance from Lakeside Heating & Air to get to the bottom of the issue.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your normally clear water unexpectedly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be the problem. Cloudy water means sediment has grown in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Lakeside Heating & Air suggests having your water heater checked out 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 works harder to make warm water. Because of this, it will require longer for it to warm water, and warm water will run out much more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater is failing.

To keep sediment from collectingin your tank, Lakeside Heating & Air recommends having one of our professionals flush it every year.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird Noises

Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, leading to the weird sounds. As time goes on, the stress on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

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

Over its life, your water heater could need little repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re constantly getting in touch with Lakeside Heating & Air for assistance or a big part has gone out, it’s time for water heater installation.

It’s exhausting when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has gone out. But that’s not the case when you contact Lakeside Heating & Air at 509-284-4265 for water heater installation in Chelan and Wenatchee. From choosing the right option for your home and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the entire process uncomplicated. Give us a call to book your appointment now!