Water heaters don’t run for eternity. Even a well-maintained one will only run around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s essential to be knowledgeable about the hints that it’s wearing out. Or else, you could be without warm water for several days while you wait to replace it.

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

1. Your Water Heater is Older than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s needing to be replaced right now, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to install a new one shortly. Over time, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to heat water. Ultimately, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating components to fail. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which might damage your Des Moines house.

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

Switching from a regular tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you even more. For families hat require less than 41 gallons of water daily 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 typically last for around 20 years, which is about double the life span of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Losing Water

In some cases leaks are just the result 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 pro assistance from Heartland Heating & Cooling to get to the bottom of the trouble.

3. Water is Discolored

If your usually clear water abruptly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be the problem. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water means there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, Heartland Heating & Cooling suggests having your water heater inspected by a professional

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to create hot water. Because of this, it will need longer for it to produce hot water, and hot water will be used up more quickly. Both are a sign that your water heater is failing.

To prevent sediment from building up in your tank, Heartland Heating & Cooling suggests having one of our professionals flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises

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

6. You’re Frequently Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its lifetime, your water heater might require small repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re often getting in touch with Heartland Heating & Cooling for support or a critical part has stopped working, you need 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 call Heartland Heating & Cooling at 515-344-3579 for water heater installation in Des Moines. From choosing the right style for your needs and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the entire process simple. Call us to request your appointment now!