Water heaters don’t run 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 critical to be knowledgeable about the symptoms that it’s wearing out. Otherwise, you could be without heated water for a couple days while you wait to install a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is More Than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll likely have to get a new one soon. Over time, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to heat water. Ultimately, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating pieces to stop working. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which might damage your Auburn house.

By getting a new water heater, you’ll receive the most energy-efficient technology. If you install an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could be eligible for additional rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t quit there, because an ENERGY STAR water heater could save you up to $3,500 on water heating over its lifetime.

Going from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For households hat need less than 41 gallons of water per day a tankless water heater is often 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 two times the life expectancy of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Losing Water

In some instances leaks are just the outcome of loose connections, wrong 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 pro help from Forster Heating to get to the bottom of the trouble.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your usually clear water abruptly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be the problem. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has built up in the tank, while rusty water means there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Forster Heating recommends having your water heater inspected by a professional

4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water

As sediment increases in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to create hot water. As a result, it will need longer for it to heat up water, and heated water will run out much more quickly. Both are a sign that your water heater is going out.

To stop sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Forster Heating suggests having one of our professionals flush it annually.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird Noises

Just like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a sign that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, resulting in the weird 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 need minor repairs, including valve replacement. But if you’re frequently contacting Forster Heating for help 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 get in touch with Forster Heating at 530-885-8081 for water heater installation in Auburn. From choosing the right option for your home and budget to expertly installing it, we make the whole process simple. Contact us to schedule your appointment now!