When is it time to replace your water heater? There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning to a cold shower. Like any appliance, a hot water heater will have to be replaced at some point, so look for the signs it’s time to replace your water heater before it breaks down! At Affordable Service, we work with thousands of New Mexico residents who have experienced issues with their water heaters, so we know what to look for.

How old is the water heater? Water heaters typically last anywhere between 8 and 12 years. If you live in an older home and aren’t sure when your water heater was installed, check the serial number. A quick google search for the manufacturer name and the serial number should reveal how old your water heater is. If your google search reveals that your water heater is 10 years or older, contact Affordable Service for a replacement.

Is there corrosion or rust? Most water heaters are made of steel, which means as they age, they are susceptible to rust. You might notice rust in your water as it comes out of the shower. First, check to see if it’s the water heater or the piping. If you have galvanized piping, the water heater may not be the issue. Whether it’s your pipe or your water heater, this calls for professional help. Contact Affordable Service, we’ll find the problem, and help you either replace your water heater, or repipe.

Is your water heater making noise? Over time, sediment builds up in your water heater’s tank. Eventually, this sediment hardens, and as it heats up, you will hear rumbling noise from your water heater. Your water heater has to work harder because of the layer of sediment, and as a result, the metal tank is subject more wear. If you catch your water heater making noise, you can have Affordable Service replace it before it leaks or cracks.

It’s best to catch potential problems with your water heater before it fails. At Affordable Service Plumbing and Heating, our skilled plumbers know how to handle any situation, whether it’s your pipes or your water heater. We can help you troubleshoot and fix the problem quickly and efficiently.