Water heaters don’t last forever. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only last around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to know the hints that it’s failing. Or else, you might not have hot water for a couple days while you wait for a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is Past 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 get a new one shortly. As the years go by, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to add warmth to water. Ultimately, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating pieces to malfunction. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which might damage your Wausau home.

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 might receive added rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t quit there, because an ENERGY STAR style could save you up to $3,500 on energy over its lifetime.

Switching from a regular tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For residences hat use less than 41 gallons of water daily 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 work 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 consequence of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a clue that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case you’ll need skilled help from Gilray Heating and Cooling to get to the bottom of the problem.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your normally clear water suddenly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be the problem. Cloudy water means sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Gilray Heating and Cooling recommends having your water heater examined by a specialist

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater works harder to produce heated water. Because of this, it will require longer for it to warm water, and hot water will be used up more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater is failing.

To stop sediment from collectingin your tank, Gilray Heating and Cooling advises having one of our professionals flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises

Just like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a clue that sediment has accumulated in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, leading to the weird 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 span, your water heater could require small repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re frequently getting in touch with Gilray Heating and Cooling for help or a major part has gone out, it’s time for water heater installation.

It’s stressful when your water heater is just about to stop working or has gone out. But that’s not the case when you get in touch with Gilray Heating and Cooling at 715-301-0727 for water heater installation in Wausau. From selecting the right style for your needs and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the entire process simple. Call us to request your appointment now!