Water heaters don’t work for eternity. Even a well-maintained one will only work around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to know the signs that it’s wearing out. Otherwise, you might not be able to use hot water for several days while you wait to replace it.

Here are six common signs that your water heater is dying.

1. Your Water Heater is Past 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 possibly have to get a new one shortly. As time passes, sediment accumulates 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 components to malfunction. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which may damage your Lawrence home.

By getting a new water heater, you’ll receive the most energy-efficient options. If you install an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you might get extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t end there, since an ENERGY STAR style 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 residences hat require less than 41 gallons of water each 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 usually work for around 20 years, which is about double the life span of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaky

In some instances leaks are just the result of loose connections, wrong pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a sign that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need professional help from Scott Temperature to figure out the trouble.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your normally clear water abruptly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be the problem. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water is a hint there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, Scott Temperature recommends having your water heater checked out by a pro

4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water

As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to produce warm water. Due to this, it will require longer for it to heat up water, and warm water won’t last as long. Both are a sign that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To keep sediment from collectingin your tank, Scott Temperature advises having one of our professionals flush it every year.

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 strange sounds. As time goes on, the stress on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Constantly Requiring Water Heater Repair

Over its life, your water heater might have to have small repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re constantly contacting Scott Temperature for support or a critical part has failed, you need water heater installation.

It’s stressful when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you get in touch with Scott Temperature at 785-269-0465 for water heater installation in Lawrence. From picking the right solution for your home and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the whole process simple. Contact us to schedule your appointment today!