Water heaters don’t run indefinitely. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only run around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to know the symptoms that it’s wearing out. Or else, you might not be able to use hot water for a few days while you wait for a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is Past 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s needing to be replaced right now, but it does mean you’ll likely have to install a new one momentarily. Over time, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to warm water. In the end, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating components to stop working. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which could damage your Newark house.

By installing a new water heater, you’ll receive the most energy-efficient features. If you select an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you might receive extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, since an ENERGY STAR model could save you up to $3,500 on water heating over its lifetime.

Going from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For families hat consume less than 41 gallons of water per day 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 run for around 20 years, which is about two times the life expectancy of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

Sometimes leaks are just the outcome of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any event you’ll need professional help from Luikart Heating & Cooling to figure out the problem.

3. Water is Discolored

If your usually clear water unexpectedly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be the problem. Cloudy water means sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water is a hint there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Luikart Heating & Cooling recommends having your water heater examined 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 needs more energy to create hot water. Because of this, it will take longer for it to produce hot water, and heated water won’t last as long. Both are a clue that your water heater is failing.

To prevent sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Luikart Heating & Cooling suggests having one of our professionals flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Odd Noises

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

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

Over its lifetime, your water heater might require little repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re frequently calling Luikart Heating & Cooling for support or a critical part has failed, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s exhausting when your water heater is just about to fail or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you contact Luikart Heating & Cooling at 740-200-5591 for water heater installation in Newark. From picking the right option for your home and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the complete process simple. Give us a call to request your appointment right away!