Water heaters don’t work indefinitely. Even a well-maintained one will only last around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to be aware of the hints that it’s dying. Otherwise, you could be without warm water for a few days while you wait for a new one.

Here are six common signs that your water heater is wearing out.

1. Your Water Heater is Past 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 soon. As time passes, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to warm water. Eventually, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating pieces to malfunction. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which can damage your Marshalltown home.

By replacing your water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient technology. If you go with an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you might be eligible for additional rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, because an ENERGY STAR model could save you up to $3,500 on utilities over its lifetime.

Changing from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For residences hat need less than 41 gallons of water each 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 typically last for around 20 years, which is about two times the life expectancy of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Losing Water

In some cases leaks are just the consequence 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 case you’ll need skilled assistance from Kapaun & Brown to figure out the issue.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your typically clear water abruptly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be the problem. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has grown in the tank, while rusty water means there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, Kapaun & Brown recommends having your water heater examined by a pro

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 require longer for it to heat up water, and hot water will run out much more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater is failing.

To stop sediment from collectingin your tank, Kapaun & Brown suggests having one of our professionals flush it every year.

5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises

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

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

Over its life span, your water heater might have to have small repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re often calling Kapaun & Brown for help or a big part has stopped working, you need water heater installation.

It’s draining when your water heater is just about to fail or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you contact Kapaun & Brown at 641-812-2028 for water heater installation in Marshalltown. From picking the right option for your family and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the complete process uncomplicated. Call us to schedule your appointment now!