Water heaters don’t run indefinitely. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only run around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to know the symptoms that it’s failing. Otherwise, you might not be able to use warm water for a couple days while you wait for a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is Older than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is dated doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to replace it soon. As time passes, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to warm water. In the end, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating components to fail. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which may damage your Kankakee house.

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

Switching from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For households hat consume less than 41 gallons of water each day 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 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 valve needing replacement. But they can also be a clue that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any event you’ll need skilled assistance from Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating to get to the bottom of the trouble.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your usually clear water unexpectedly becomes 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 is a hint there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating advises having your water heater examined by a pro

4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water

As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater works harder to create warm water. As a result, it will need longer for it to heat up water, and warm water will run out much more quickly. Both are a sign that your water heater is failing.

To stop sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating recommends having one of our pros flush it every year.

5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises

Similar to 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 strange sounds. Over time, the strain on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

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

Over its lifetime, your water heater might need minor repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re constantly contacting Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating for help or a critical part has stopped working, you need water heater installation.

It’s draining when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you get in touch with Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating at 815-933-8213 for water heater installation in Kankakee. From choosing the right style for your home and budget to expertly installing it, we make the complete process easy. Contact us to request your appointment right away!