Water heaters don’t run 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 essential to know the symptoms that it’s wearing out. Or else, you might not be able to use warm water for several days while you wait to replace it.

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

1. Your Water Heater is Past 10 Years Old

Just because your water heater is aging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s failing, but it does mean you’ll possibly have to replace it soon. As the years go by, sediment accumulates up in your hot water heater, making it more difficult for it to warm water. Eventually, the sediment will erode the tank and cause the heating pieces to stop working. Corrosion can also result in water leaks, which might damage your Manassas residence.

By installing a new water heater, you’ll get the most energy-efficient features. If you choose an ENERGY STAR® water heater, you could be eligible for extra rebates and discounts. But the savings don’t end there, because an ENERGY STAR model 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 even more. For households hat consume less than 41 gallons of water per 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 double the life expectancy of a tank water heater.

2. Water Heater is Leaking

In some instances leaks are just the consequence of loose connections, inaccurate pressure or a broken valve. But they can also be a symptom that your water heater tank has corroded or cracked. In any event you’ll need professional support from Woody's Sudden Service to determine the issue.

3. Water is the Wrong Color

If your normally clear water unexpectedly appears cloudy or rusty, your water heater might be at fault. Cloudy water is a sign sediment has accumulated in the tank, while rusty water is a hint there’s rust in the tank or pipes. In either instance, Woody's Sudden Service recommends having your water heater inspected by a pro

4. There’s a Lack of Hot Water

As sediment increases in the tank and on heating elements, your hot water heater consumes more energy to make hot 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 hint that your water heater needs to be replaced.

To keep sediment from building up in your tank, Woody's Sudden Service recommends having one of our professionals flush it every year.

5. Water Heater is Making Weird Noises

Just like cloudy water, popping and rumbling sounds are a sign that sediment has built up in your tank. Sediment makes it more strenuous for the water heater to heat water, resulting in the strange sounds. As time goes on, the strain on your water heater can result in cracks and leaks.

6. You’re Constantly Needing Water Heater Repair

Over its life span, your water heater might need minor repairs, like valve replacement. But if you’re constantly getting in touch with Woody's Sudden Service for assistance or a big part has gone out, you should schedule water heater installation.

It’s exhausting when your water heater is just about to stop working or has quit working. But that’s not the case when you call Woody's Sudden Service at 703-278-2036 for water heater installation in Manassas. From picking the right style for your needs and budget to expertly putting it in, we make the entire process easy. Contact us to book your appointment right away!