Water heaters don’t work forever. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only work around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to be knowledgeable about the clues that it’s failing. Or else, you might not be able to use warm 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 More Than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s needing to be replaced right now, but it does mean you’ll likely have to replace it shortly. As time passes, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to warm water. In the end, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating components to fail. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which may damage your Rapid City residence.

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

Switching from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For households hat require less than 41 gallons of water each 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 frequently last for around 20 years, which is about twice the life span of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaky

Sometimes leaks are just the outcome of loose connections, wrong pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any event you’ll need professional help from Street Heating and Cooling to figure out the trouble.

3. Water is Discolored

If your usually clear water suddenly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be at fault. Cloudy water means sediment has grown in the tank, while rusty water means there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, Street Heating and Cooling suggests having your water heater examined by a professional

4. There’s Not Enough Hot Water

As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater works harder to make warm water. As a result, it will take longer for it to warm water, and hot water won’t last as long. Both are a sign that your water heater is going out.

To stop sediment from collectingin your tank, Street Heating and Cooling suggests having one of our specialists flush it every year.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises

Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a clue 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 stress on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

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

Over its lifetime, your water heater could need little repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re often contacting Street Heating and Cooling for assistance or a big part has stopped working, it’s time for water heater installation.

It’s exhausting when your water heater is just about to fail or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you contact Street Heating and Cooling at 605-206-3915 for water heater installation in Rapid City. From picking the right solution for your family and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the whole process easy. Call us to book your appointment today!