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

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

1. Your Water Heater is Past 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll likely have to replace it soon. Over time, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to heat water. In the end, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating pieces to malfunction. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which might damage your Cottonwood & Prescott residence.

By getting a new water heater, you’ll receive the most energy-efficient options. If you choose an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could get added 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 standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For residences hat require 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 typically work for around 20 years, which is about double the lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Losing Water

In some instances leaks are just the outcome of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a clue that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need professional support from Connolly Electric & Mechanical to determine the problem.

3. Water is Discolored

If your normally clear water unexpectedly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be the problem. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has grown in the tank, while rusty water is a sign there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Connolly Electric & Mechanical 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 create heated water. As a result, it will take longer for it to warm water, and warm water will run out much more quickly. Both are a sign that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To stop sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Connolly Electric & Mechanical recommends having one of our pros flush it every year.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird Noises

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

6. You’re Always Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its life span, your water heater might require little repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re frequently contacting Connolly Electric & Mechanical for support or a big part has gone out, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s exhausting when your water heater is just about to stop working or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you contact Connolly Electric & Mechanical at 928-251-4327 for water heater installation in Cottonwood & Prescott. From selecting the right style for your needs and budget to expertly installing it, we make the entire process simple. Call us to request your appointment now!