Water heaters don’t last for eternity. Even one that’s regularly tuned up will only run around 8–12 years, on average. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s important to be aware of the clues that it’s dying. Or else, you could be without hot water for a few days while you wait to install a new one.

Here are six common signs that your water heater is dying.

1. Your Water Heater is Past 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is dated doesn’t necessarily mean it’s needing to be replaced right now, but it does mean you’ll possibly have to get a new one soon. As the years go by, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to heat water. Eventually, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating components to fail. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which can damage your Michigan City home.

By replacing your water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient options. If you go with an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you may receive extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t end there, as an ENERGY STAR style could save you up to $3,500 on utilities over its lifetime.

Going from a regular tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For households hat need 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 typically run for around 20 years, which is about twice the life expectancy of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaky

Sometimes leaks are just the result of loose connections, wrong pressure or a valve needing replacement. But they can also be a sign that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need professional help from Paniccia Heating & Cooling to determine the trouble.

3. Water is Discolored

If your normally clear water abruptly looks cloudy or rusty, your water heater may be at fault. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has built up in the tank, while rusty water is a hint there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Paniccia Heating & Cooling advises having your water heater inspected by a specialist

4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water

As sediment builds up in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to produce warm water. As a result, it will take longer for it to warm water, and heated water will run out much more quickly. Both are a hint that your water heater is going out.

To prevent sediment from building up in your tank, Paniccia Heating & Cooling suggests having one of our pros flush it annually.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises

Just like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a sign that sediment has built up in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, causing the odd sounds. As time passes, the extra work on your water heater can create cracks and leaks.

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

Over its life span, your water heater could have to have small repairs, such as valve replacement. But if you’re constantly contacting Paniccia Heating & Cooling for help or a critical part has stopped working, you need water heater installation.

It’s stressful when your water heater is just about to fail or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you contact Paniccia Heating & Cooling at 219-872-2198 for water heater installation in Michigan City. From choosing the right style for your needs and budget to expertly installing it, we make the entire process easy. Call us to book your appointment now!