Water heaters don’t work forever. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only last around 8–12 years, normally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s essential to know the hints that it’s wearing out. If not, you could be without hot water for several days while you wait for a new one.

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 dated doesn’t necessarily mean it’s needing to be replaced right now, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to get a new one shortly. Over time, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to heat water. In the end, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating pieces to fail. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which could damage your Holbrook residence.

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

Changing from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For residences hat consume less than 41 gallons of water each 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 double the lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

Sometimes leaks are just the result of loose connections, wrong pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a clue that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any event you’ll need skilled support from Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation to figure out the problem.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your normally clear water unexpectedly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be at fault. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation advises having your water heater inspected by a professional

4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water

As sediment increases in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to create warm water. Because of this, it will require longer for it to heat up water, and heated water will run out much more quickly. Both are a hint that your water heater is going out.

To stop sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation recommends having one of our pros flush it every year.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird Noises

Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a sign that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, leading to the unusual sounds. As time passes, the extra work on your water heater can create cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Frequently Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its life, your water heater could require little repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re constantly contacting Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation for support or a critical part has stopped working, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s stressful when your water heater is just about to fail or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you call Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation at 631-460-5159 for water heater installation in Holbrook. From selecting the right option for your needs and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the complete process easy. Contact us to book your appointment right away!