Water heaters don’t last for eternity. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only last around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to be knowledgeable about the signs that it’s wearing out. Or else, you might not have hot water for a couple days while you wait to replace it.

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

1. Your Water Heater is Past 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is dated doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll possibly have to install a new one soon. As the years go by, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to warm water. Ultimately, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating parts to stop working. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which could damage your New Castle house.

By getting a new water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient features. If you choose an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could be eligible for added rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t end there, because an ENERGY STAR water heater could save you up to $3,500 on energy over its lifetime.

Changing from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you even more. For families hat require 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 usually run for around 20 years, which is about twice the life span of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

Sometimes leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a broken valve. But they can also be a hint that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case you’ll need professional support from Central Heating & Plumbing to figure out the issue.

3. Water is Discolored

If your typically clear water abruptly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be the problem. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has grown in the tank, while rusty water is a sign there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, Central Heating & Plumbing recommends having your water heater examined by a professional

4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water

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

To prevent sediment from building up in your tank, Central Heating & Plumbing recommends having one of our pros flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Strange Noises

Just like 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 odd sounds. Over time, the extra work 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 may require little repairs, including valve replacement. But if you’re often calling Central Heating & Plumbing for assistance or a crucial part has stopped working, you should schedule 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 call Central Heating & Plumbing at 724-401-1843 for water heater installation in New Castle. From picking the right option for your needs and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the whole process simple. Contact us to schedule your appointment now!