Water heaters don’t work indefinitely. 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 essential to be aware of the clues that it’s wearing out. Or else, you might not be able to use heated water for several 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 aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wearing out, but it does mean you’ll likely have to install a new one momentarily. Over time, sediment builds up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to warm water. Eventually, the sediment will eat away at the tank and cause the heating parts to stop working. Corrosion can also lead to water leaks, which might damage your Moline residence.

By replacing your water heater, you’ll receive the most energy-efficient technology. If you select an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could be eligible for added rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t quit there, because an ENERGY STAR water heater could save you up to $3,500 on water heating over its lifetime.

Switching from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even greater amount. For families hat need 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 typically run for around 20 years, which is about twice the lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Losing Water

Sometimes leaks are just the outcome of loose connections, incorrect pressure or a faulty valve. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need professional help from Freed Heating & Air Conditioning to figure out the trouble.

3. Water is Discolored

If your usually clear water unexpectedly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be at fault. Cloudy water is a symptom sediment has accumulated in the tank, while rusty water means there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Freed Heating & Air Conditioning advises having your water heater examined by a pro

4. There’s Inadequate Hot Water

As sediment accumulates in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater works harder to produce warm water. Because of this, it will require longer for it to heat up water, and heated water won’t last as long. Both are a sign that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To prevent sediment from building up in your tank, Freed Heating & Air Conditioning suggests having one of our pros flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Unusual Noises

Similar to cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a hint that sediment has grown in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, resulting in the weird sounds. As time goes on, the extra work on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Always Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its lifetime, your water heater might need little repairs, including valve replacement. But if you’re constantly getting in touch with Freed Heating & Air Conditioning for support or a critical part has failed, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s stressful when your water heater is just about to stop working or has stopped working. But that’s not the case when you get in touch with Freed Heating & Air Conditioning at 309-323-9584 for water heater installation in Moline. From choosing the right style for your home and budget to expertly installing it, we make the entire process simple. Contact us to schedule your appointment now!