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

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

Rust can grow in several places on your water heater and could be the result of ill-fitted connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank may be signs of a more complex problem. We suggest calling a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to find out if the tank’s interior liner has corroded. This occurs after the anode rod fails. When functioning normally, the anode rod removes impurities from the water. 

When your tank has rust, it’s wise 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 Signs You Should Schedule Water Heater Replacement 

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

1. Age 

A quality water heater typically lasts for about 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 working. 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 rusted down. Your water may taste unpleasant or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t especially harmful, it affects your water quality and may also stain your bathroom fixtures. 

3. Less Hot Water 

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

4. Weird Sounds 

When your water heater’s anode rod malfunctions, sediment appears 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 bigger energy bills. 

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

Our well-trained plumbers will recommend 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 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 tailor-made 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 much sooner than a tankless model. 

Tankless Water Heaters 

Tankless water heaters are valued for their energy efficiency since they heat water when told. Because they lack a tank, they can be tucked away in cozy spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an added bonus, they usually last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s important to note they’re largely more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be balanced with rebates since quite a few models are ENERGY STAR® rated. 

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

Hot water heater replacement cost isn’t cheap. In fact, installing 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 simple monthly cost, you’ll get a brand new one installed at no extra cost. There’s no down payment or large initial expense, and you’ll get to hold onto 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 option to update 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 the U.S., give us a call at 866-397-3787 today. Our Experts are willing 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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