Water heaters don’t last for eternity. Even a well-maintained one will only work 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 dying. Otherwise, you might not be able to use warm water for a few days while you wait for a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is Past 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s needing to be replaced right now, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to get a new one momentarily. Over time, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to add warmth to water. Eventually, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating parts to malfunction. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which might damage your Lansing house.

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

Switching from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For residences hat need less than 41 gallons of water each 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 frequently run for around 20 years, which is about two times the life expectancy of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaky

In some cases leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a clue that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need skilled support from Everest Heating & Cooling to figure out the issue.

3. Water is Discolored

If your usually clear water unexpectedly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be the problem. Cloudy water means sediment has accumulated in the tank, while rusty water is a clue there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either case, Everest Heating & Cooling recommends having your water heater checked out by a professional

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment increases in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater needs more energy to create hot water. Due to this, it will require longer for it to heat up water, and heated water won’t last as long. Both are a clue that your water heater is failing.

To keep sediment from collectingin your tank, Everest Heating & Cooling suggests having one of our specialists flush it annually.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird Noises

Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a sign that sediment has built up in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, leading to the unusual sounds. As time goes on, the extra work on your water heater can create cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Always Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its lifetime, your water heater may have to have minor repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re often calling Everest Heating & Cooling for help or a major part has failed, you need water heater installation.

It’s draining when your water heater is just about to stop working or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you get in touch with Everest Heating & Cooling at 913-845-9463 for water heater installation in Lansing. From picking the right solution for your needs and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the whole process simple. Contact us to request your appointment right away!