How to Know When Your Water Heater Needs to Be Replaced

A water heater averages a lifetime of about 10 years but not every unit lasts this length of time. Proper care affects how long the unit lasts, as well as the number of visits you’ll need from professional repairmen. Many signs help determine when a water heater is nearing the end of its lifetime. Pay attention to those signs and reach out to a professional to ensure you always have access to the hot water your family needs. Learn more about common signs indicating the need for a water heater replacement, and contact Thompson Heating & Air Conditioning in Albuquerque for help.

Age of Appliance

Water heaters average a 10-year lifetime. A unit nearing this age or older needs to be replaced. Older model water heaters are not as effective as newer models and are more prone to needing costly repairs. Replacing the water heater saves time and money and ensures that you can trust in its performance.

Rusty or Discolored Water

Rusty or discolored water indicates corrosion in the tank. Once water heater tanks begin to rust, it is best to replace the unit, as this is damage that cannot be fully repaired. First, you should allow the water to run out of the faucet for a few minutes. If the water still comes out rusty or discolored, reach out to a professional for a water heater replacement.

Multiple Repairs in the Past

At some point, you must decide that enough is enough. If you find yourself calling water heater repair companies frequently—spend that money on a new water heater instead. Some water heaters simply cannot be repaired, and you only waste time and money by attempting to fix them. Replacing your water heater is the best next step in this case.

Strange Noises

When the water heater makes strange noises, pick up the phone and call a professional. Strange, loud noises may occur for many different reasons, some of which are not serious. Other problems are more significant and need immediate attention from a water heater professional. Our experienced staff can identify the cause and determine if your water heater needs replacement.

Thompson Heating & Air Conditioning is your one-stop shop for buying and installing a new water heater in Albuquerque. When you’re in need of a new water heater, reach out to our professionals at (505) 884-2675 for fast, prompt, and professional help.