Water heaters don’t run for eternity. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only work around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s essential to be knowledgeable about the clues that it’s wearing out. Otherwise, you might not be able to use warm water for a few days while you wait to replace it.

Here are six common signs 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 potentially have to install a new one soon. Over time, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to warm water. Eventually, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating components to stop working. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which could damage your Lake Forest home.

By replacing your water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient options. If you select an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you might get extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, because an ENERGY STAR water heater could save you up to $3,500 on water heating over its lifetime.

Going from a regular 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 per 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 typically run for around 20 years, which is about twice the lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

In some instances leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a hint that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need skilled support from 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning to determine the problem.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your typically clear water abruptly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be at fault. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has built up in the tank, while rusty water is a sign there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning advises having your water heater inspected by a pro

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment increases in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to make warm water. As a result, it will need longer for it to warm water, and warm water will be used up more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To stop sediment from collectingin your tank, 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning advises having one of our pros flush it every year.

5. Water Heater is Making Odd Noises

Just like 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 weird sounds. As time goes on, the stress on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Always Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its lifetime, your water heater might require little repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re frequently contacting 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning for assistance or a crucial part has stopped working, it’s time for water heater installation.

It’s draining when your water heater is just about to stop working or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you get in touch with 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning at 949-204-0859 for water heater installation in Lake Forest. From picking the right solution for your needs and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the whole process easy. Call us to book your appointment now!