Water heaters don’t last forever. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only work around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s essential to know the hints that it’s failing. If not, you might not be able to use hot water for several days while you wait to install a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is Older than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll possibly have to replace it shortly. Over time, 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 components to fail. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which can damage your Chelan and Wenatchee home.

By getting a new water heater, you’ll have access to 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 quit there, since an ENERGY STAR model could save you up to $3,500 on utilities over its lifetime.

Switching 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 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 run for around 20 years, which is about double the life span of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

In some instances leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a hint that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case you’ll need pro help from Lakeside Heating & Air to figure out the problem.

3. Water is Discolored

If your typically clear water unexpectedly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be at fault. Cloudy water means sediment has grown in the tank, while rusty water is a sign there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, Lakeside Heating & Air advises having your water heater checked out by a professional

4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water

As sediment increases in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to make heated water. As a result, it will need longer for it to heat up water, and hot water will be used up more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater is failing.

To prevent sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Lakeside Heating & Air suggests having one of our specialists flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises

Like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a clue that sediment has built up in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, leading to the unusual sounds. Over time, the extra work on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

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

Over its life, your water heater might require small repairs, including valve replacement. But if you’re often contacting Lakeside Heating & Air for assistance or a crucial part has failed, it’s time for water heater installation.

It’s stressful when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has gone out. But that’s not the case when you get in touch with Lakeside Heating & Air at 509-284-4265 for water heater installation in Chelan and Wenatchee. From choosing the right solution for your home and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the whole process easy. Give us a call to schedule your appointment right away!