What Things to Do When Your Water Heater is Rusted on Its Base

Your water heater performs best with steady maintenance from an experienced plumber. This annual service gives you the time to react quickly and resolve common problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters.

Rust can take root in several places on your water heater and can be the result of ill-fitted connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank can be signs of a more serious problem. We would advise contacting a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to determine if the tank’s interior liner has degraded. This appears after the anode rod fails. When working like it’s supposed to, the anode rod pushes out impurities from the water.

When your tank has corroded, it’s smart to schedule water heater replacement. Otherwise, you risk having your home flooded with gallons of water when the tank breaks.

Here are a small number of other signs that your water heater is on its way out.

4 Hints You Need Water Heater Replacement

While your water heater can’t tell you exactly when it’s going to break, these are obvious signs that it’s close.

1. Age

A dependable water heater generally lasts for about 10 years. If yours is close to this age or older, it’s a wise idea to look into replacing it even if it’s still working. That way, you can avoid losing out on hot water or a mess if the tank leaks.

2. Rusty Water

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

3. Less Hot Water

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

4. Weird Sounds

When your water heater’s anode rod malfunctions, sediment appears in the tank. As a result, your water heater must work harder to heat water. This can result in clanking or knocking sounds, as well as higher energy bills.

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

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

Tank Water Heaters

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

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are preferred for their energy efficiency since they heat water when told. Because they lack a tank, they can be installed in convenient spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an added bonus, they frequently last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s helpful to note they’re often more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be replenished with rebates since many models are ENERGY STAR® rated.

Call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Excellent Water Heater Replacement

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

That’s why we offer an Advantage Program™ for your water heater. For one single monthly cost, you’ll receive a brand new one installed at no added cost. There’s no down payment or large initial expense, and you’ll get to subtract 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 replace your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s evolving needs.**

To learn more about our process for water heater replacement in the U.S., give us a call at today. Our Experts are ready to help however we can.


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