Signs Your Water Heater Needs to Be Replaced

You’d be hard pressed to find something that can last forever, and a water heater is no exception. Most people are unaware that water heaters need replacing too, so here are some of the signs to look out for so you can call an Albuquerque HVAC technician to perform the replacement as soon as any issues appear:

Metallic taste – Hot water that tastes or smells like iron is a sign that the inner tank of your water heater is corroding. Once corrosion starts, you can’t reverse the process.

Leaks – If you notice leakages or puddling around the water heater itself, it is a clear sign that the inner tank expiration date has come. Severe flooding is bound to occur if drips and leaks are left unchecked since the entire tank may break.

Noise – If you hear your water heater producing loud pops and cranks, this may be an indicator that there is a mineral buildup affecting the interaction between the heating elements in the radiator.

Steady repairs – Have you made several minor fixes to your water heater but new issues just keep popping up? Then it is time to replace it! Lots of minor problems usually indicate a significant future failure soon.

Water temperature issues – When heating elements or burners begin to fail due to sediment build up or age, your water heater will start to produce only lukewarm water. It will also take longer to heat water and hot water will be available in ever diminishing amounts. You can replace the heating elements or burners, but you should know that it may or may not be worth it depending on the age of your tank.

Age – The life expectancy of a water heater is ten years. It cannot last longer than that and still work efficiently, more so if it’s regularly used. It is advisable to conduct regular inspections of your water heater. Flush the water heater tank to get rid of sediment, and check for leaks as well as the state of the anode rod at least twice a year. If you have no idea how old your water heater is, then it may be time to replace it.

Visit us today at Thompson Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. to find out more about having your water heater replaced or to have all your questions answered.