Water heaters don’t work forever. Even a well-maintained one will only run around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to know the hints that it’s wearing out. Or else, you might not have warm water for a couple days while you wait to install a new one.

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

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 replace it shortly. As time passes, sediment collects 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 parts to malfunction. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which can damage your Odessa residence.

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

Switching from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For households hat need less than 41 gallons of water per 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 typically run for around 20 years, which is about two times the life expectancy of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

In some cases leaks are just the outcome of loose connections, wrong pressure or a broken valve. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case you’ll need pro assistance from Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning to get to the bottom of the trouble.

3. Water is Discolored

If your typically clear water unexpectedly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be at fault. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has grown in the tank, while rusty water is a hint there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning suggests having your water heater inspected by a specialist

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment increases in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater works harder to make warm water. As a result, it will need longer for it to warm water, and warm water won’t last as long. Both are a sign that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To stop sediment from collectingin your tank, Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning suggests having one of our specialists flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises

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

6. You’re Constantly Requiring Water Heater Repair

Over its lifetime, your water heater could need small repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re often getting in touch with Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning for support or a critical part has failed, you need water heater installation.

It’s exhausting when your water heater is just about to fail or has gone out. But that’s not the case when you call Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning at 432-237-0168 for water heater installation in Odessa. From choosing the right solution for your needs and budget to expertly installing it, we make the whole process easy. Give us a call to request your appointment right away!