Water heaters don’t run forever. Even a well-maintained one will only last 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 hot water for several days while you wait to replace it.

Here are six common clues that your water heater is going bad.

1. Your Water Heater is More Than 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s needing to be replaced right now, but it does mean you’ll likely have to install a new one soon. As the years go by, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to add warmth to water. Eventually, the sediment will corrode the tank and cause the heating parts to stop working. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which may damage your Neptune City residence.

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

Going from a traditional tank water heater to a tankless water heater can save you an even bigger amount. For residences 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 work for around 20 years, which is about twice the lifetime of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

In some instances leaks are just the result of loose connections, wrong pressure or a broken valve. But they can also be a sign that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. Regardless you’ll need skilled help from Aggressive Mechanical to figure out the trouble.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your typically clear water abruptly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater could be the problem. Cloudy water means sediment has grown in the tank, while rusty water is a sign there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either situation, Aggressive Mechanical advises 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 consumes more energy to make heated water. As a result, it will take longer for it to heat up water, and heated water will be used up more quickly. Both are a clue that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To stop sediment from building up in your tank, Aggressive Mechanical recommends having one of our specialists flush it yearly.

5. Water Heater is Making Odd Noises

Just like 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, causing the weird sounds. As time goes on, the extra work on your water heater can lead to cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Constantly Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its life span, your water heater might have to have small repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re frequently contacting Aggressive Mechanical for help or a major part has failed, you need water heater installation.

It’s exhausting when your water heater is on the brink of failing or has gone out. But that’s not the case when you call Aggressive Mechanical at 732-806-5536 for water heater installation in Neptune City. From selecting the right option for your needs and budget to expertly hooking it up, we make the entire process easy. Contact us to request your appointment today!