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

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

1. Your Water Heater is Older than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll likely have to replace it momentarily. Over time, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to add warmth to water. In the end, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating pieces to fail. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which can damage your Phoenix house.

By installing a new water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient technology. If you choose an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you may receive added rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t end there, since an ENERGY STAR water heater could save you up to $3,500 on energy over its lifetime.

Going from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For houses hat use 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 double the life span of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

In some instances leaks are just the result of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a broken valve. But they can also be a sign that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any event you’ll need pro help from Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc to get to the bottom of the issue.

3. Water is Discolored

If your normally clear water unexpectedly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be the problem. Cloudy water means sediment has built up in the tank, while rusty water means there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc suggests having your water heater checked out by a specialist

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. Due to this, it will take longer for it to warm water, and heated water will run out much more quickly. Both are a sign that your water heater is failing.

To keep sediment from building up in your tank, Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc recommends having one of our specialists flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises

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

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

Over its lifetime, your water heater could need little repairs, including valve replacement. But if you’re constantly calling Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc for assistance or a critical part has stopped working, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s stressful when your water heater is just about to fail or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you call Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc at 602-789-3315 for water heater installation in Phoenix. From selecting the right style for your home and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the whole process simple. Call us to request your appointment today!