Water heaters don’t work indefinitely. Even a well-maintained one will only run around 8–12 years, normally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to be aware of the symptoms that it’s wearing out. Otherwise, you might not be able to use warm water for several days while you wait to install a new one.

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

1. Your Water Heater is More Than 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 potentially have to get a new one soon. As the years go by, sediment collects up in your hot water heater, making it more complicated for it to heat water. In the end, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating pieces to fail. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which can damage your Chadron home.

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

Going from a regular tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For residences hat consume less than 41 gallons of water daily 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 usually last for around 20 years, which is about two times the lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Losing Water

Sometimes leaks are just the outcome of loose connections, wrong pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case you’ll need pro assistance from MPC Heating & Cooling to get to the bottom of the problem.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your typically clear water abruptly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be at fault. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has grown in the tank, while rusty water means there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, MPC Heating & Cooling advises having your water heater examined by a specialist

4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water

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

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

5. Water Heater is Making Odd Noises

Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a clue that sediment has accumulated in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, resulting in the strange sounds. As time passes, the extra work on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

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

Over its life, your water heater may need little repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re constantly getting in touch with MPC Heating & Cooling for help or a major part has gone out, it’s time for water heater installation.

It’s draining when your water heater is just about to fail or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you contact MPC Heating & Cooling at 308-832-4321 for water heater installation in Chadron. From picking the right solution for your needs and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the entire process simple. Give us a call to request your appointment right away!