Water heaters don’t last forever. 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 be knowledgeable about the clues that it’s wearing out. Otherwise, you might not have heated water for a couple days while you wait to replace it.

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 aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to get a new one momentarily. 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 fail. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which could damage your Longview residence.

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

Going from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you even more. For households 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 last for around 20 years, which is about twice the life span of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaky

In some instances leaks are just the outcome of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a broken valve. But they can also be a sign that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case you’ll need professional support from Goode Bros AC & Heating to figure out the issue.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your normally clear water suddenly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be at fault. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water means there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, Goode Bros AC & Heating suggests having your water heater inspected by a professional

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 produce heated water. Because of this, it will require longer for it to warm water, and hot water will run out much more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater is going out.

To stop sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Goode Bros AC & Heating recommends having one of our specialists flush it annually.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises

Like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a clue that sediment has built up in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, resulting in the unusual sounds. As time goes on, the strain on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Constantly Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its life, your water heater could require little repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re frequently contacting Goode Bros AC & Heating for help or a major part has stopped working, you need water heater installation.

It’s stressful when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you contact Goode Bros AC & Heating at 903-284-2612 for water heater installation in Longview. From selecting the right style for your family and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the complete process easy. Contact us to request your appointment now!