Water heaters don’t work forever. Even a well-maintained one will only last around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to know the clues that it’s dying. Otherwise, you might not be able to use hot water for a few days while you wait for a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is Older than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to replace it soon. As time passes, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to heat water. Eventually, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating components to fail. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which may damage your Saint Louis residence.

By replacing your water heater, you’ll have access to the most energy-efficient features. If you select an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could get added rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t stop there, because an ENERGY STAR style could save you up to $3,500 on water heating over its lifetime.

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

2. Water Heater is Losing Water

In some cases leaks are just the outcome of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a broken valve. But they can also be a clue that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any event you’ll need pro support from Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating to figure out the issue.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your normally clear water abruptly becomes cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be at fault. Cloudy water means sediment has collected in the tank, while rusty water is a sign there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating advises having your water heater checked out by a professional

4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water

As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to make hot water. Because of this, it will take longer for it to produce hot water, and heated water will be used up more quickly. Both are a hint that your water heater is going out.

To prevent sediment from accumulatingin your tank, Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating suggests having one of our professionals flush it annually.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird Noises

Like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has accumulated in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, resulting in the weird sounds. Over time, the strain on your water heater can create cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Frequently Having to Have Water Heater Repair

Over its lifetime, your water heater could need minor repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re constantly contacting Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating for assistance or a major 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 gone out. But that’s not the case when you get in touch with Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating at 314-262-4541 for water heater installation in Saint Louis. From choosing the right option for your family and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the complete process simple. Give us a call to book your appointment right away!