What Rust on the Base of Your Water Heater Means

Your water heater works best with regular maintenance from an expert plumber. This annual service gives you the opportunity to notice quickly and resolve potential problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters.

Rust can form in several places on your water heater and might be the result of damaged connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank could be signs of a more complicated problem. We suggest calling a professional like Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to determine if the tank’s interior liner has rusted. This happens after the anode rod fails. When operating as usual, the anode rod pushes out impurities from the water.

When your tank has rusted, it’s wise to schedule water heater replacement. Otherwise, you risk having your home flooded with gallons of water when the tank gives out.

Here are a small number of other signs that your water heater is breaking down.

4 Clues You Should Schedule Water Heater Replacement

While your water heater can’t share exactly when it’s going to fail, these are telltale signs that it’s beginning.

1. Age

A dependable water heater usually lives for close to 10 years. If yours is close to this age or older, it’s a smart idea to look into replacing it even if it’s still in decent shape. That way, you can avoid not having hot water or a mess if the tank leaks.

2. Rusty Water

This is evidence that your water heater’s tank is corroding. Your water may taste unpleasant or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t always harmful, it affects your water quality and might also stain your bathroom fixtures.

3. Less Hot Water

Your water heater should deliver ample hot water, even if you’re showering and washing clothes at the same time. If you find yours is struggling even with infrequent use, it’s time to get an upgrade.

4. Abnormal Sounds

When your water heater’s anode rod malfunctions, sediment collects in the tank. As a result, your water heater must work longer to heat water. This can result in clanging or knocking sounds, as well as larger energy bills.

Tankless Water Heaters vs. Tank? What’s Right for My Home?

Our expert plumbers will offer their opinion on what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When thinking about hot water heater replacement, they’ll help you choose between tankless water heaters and tank models. Here are a number of the key differences.

Tank Water Heaters

Tank water heaters are the most common choice. They have a dedicated supply of hot water, which is useful for heavy or frequent use. While these water heaters are the most affordable, they have some downsides. They are big and constantly heating water, which is less energy efficient. And with a life span of about 12 years, they must be replaced much sooner than a tankless model.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are prized for their energy efficiency since they heat water when told. Because they are without a tank, they can be placed in cozy spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an extra bonus, they generally last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s wise to note they’re typically more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be replenished with rebates since several models are ENERGY STAR® rated.

Trust Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for Outstanding Water Heater Replacement

Hot water heater replacement cost isn’t cheap. In fact, installing a new heater can cost several thousand dollars, in particular if you want a tankless model.

That’s why we offer an Advantage Program™ for your water heater. For one simple monthly cost, you’ll earn a brand new one installed at no added cost. There’s no down payment or large initial expense, and you’ll get to include any applicable rebates.

As a valued member, you’ll have access to 24/7 emergency service at no charge. Diagnostic, parts and labor fees are waived as well.* You’ll even have the flexibility to change your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s changing needs.**

To learn the details about our process for water heater replacement in North America, give us a call at 866-397-3787 today. Our Experts are ready to help however we can.


*See your signed Advantage Program Agreement for full details and exclusions. **New monthly rate will apply.

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