Water heaters don’t last indefinitely. Even one that’s regularly serviced will only run around 8–12 years, generally. If yours is 10 years old, or older, it’s critical to be aware of the clues that it’s wearing out. Or else, 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 Older than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll potentially have to replace it momentarily. As time passes, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it harder for it to heat water. In the end, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating parts to stop working. Corrosion can also cause water leaks, which might damage your Manassas house.

By installing a new water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient technology. If you go with an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you might receive extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t quit there, as 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 even more. For houses hat use less than 41 gallons of water per 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 typically run for around 20 years, which is about two times the life expectancy of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Losing Water

In some cases leaks are just the result of loose connections, wrong pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a sign that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any case you’ll need pro help from Fire & Ice HVAC to determine the issue.

3. Water is Cloudy or Rusty

If your usually clear water unexpectedly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be the problem. Cloudy water means sediment has accumulated in the tank, while rusty water is a hint there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, Fire & Ice HVAC recommends having your water heater checked out 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 needs more energy to produce warm water. As a result, it will take longer for it to heat up water, and heated water won’t last as long. Both are a sign that your water heater is failing.

To prevent sediment from building up in your tank, Fire & Ice HVAC recommends having one of our professionals flush it every year.

5. Water Heater is Making Odd Noises

Like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has built up in your tank. Sediment makes it more difficult for the water heater to heat water, leading to the odd sounds. Over time, the extra work on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Frequently Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its lifetime, your water heater might have to have minor repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re often getting in touch with Fire & Ice HVAC for assistance or a big part has failed, 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 Fire & Ice HVAC at 703-595-4157 for water heater installation in Manassas. From choosing the right option for your needs and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the whole process easy. Contact us to schedule your appointment now!