Water heaters don’t last for eternity. Even a well-maintained one will only last around 8–12 years, normally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms that it’s failing. Otherwise, you might not be able to use heated water for a couple days while you wait for a new one.

Here are six common hints that your water heater is going bad.

1. Your Water Heater is Older than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to replace it shortly. As time passes, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to heat water. Ultimately, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating parts to stop working. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which may damage your Pocatello home.

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

Switching from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For houses hat need less than 41 gallons of water daily a tankless water heater is usually 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 lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

In some instances leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, inaccurate 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 assistance from Vogts Heating & Air to figure out the issue.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your usually clear water unexpectedly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be the problem. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has accumulated in the tank, while rusty water is a sign there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, Vogts Heating & Air advises having your water heater examined by a professional

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment increases in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to make warm water. Due to this, it will take longer for it to produce hot water, and hot water will run out much more quickly. Both are a hint that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To stop sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Vogts Heating & Air suggests having one of our professionals flush it annually.

5. Water Heater is Making Odd Noises

Just like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, leading to the weird sounds. Over time, the stress on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Always Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its life, your water heater could require minor repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re often contacting Vogts Heating & Air for support or a big part has stopped working, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s exhausting 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 Vogts Heating & Air at 208-621-0129 for water heater installation in Pocatello. From picking the right option for your home and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the complete process easy. Give us a call to book your appointment today!