What Things to Do When Your Water Heater is Rusty Underneath

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

Rust can appear in various places on your water heater and may be the result of leaky connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank may be pointing to a more complex problem. We suggest calling a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to discover if the tank’s interior liner has degraded. This happens after the anode rod fails. When operating normally, the anode rod pushes out impurities from the water. 

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

Here are a few 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 fail, these are telltale signs that it’s about to happen. 

1. Age 

A quality water heater usually lasts for around 10 years. If yours is approaching this age or older, it’s a good idea to look into replacing it even if it’s still in decent shape. 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 rusted down. Your water might taste strange 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. Decreased 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 a replacement. 

4. Odd Sounds 

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

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

Our expert plumbers will discuss what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When considering 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 choice. 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 sizeable 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 used for their energy efficiency since they heat water on demand. Because they don’t have a tank, they can be installed in convenient spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an extra bonus, they often last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s helpful to note they’re largely more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be replenished with rebates since several models are ENERGY STAR® rated. 

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

Hot water heater replacement cost isn’t cheap. In fact, installing a new heater can cost several thousand dollars, especially 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 get a brand new one installed at no surprise 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 change your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s growing 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 happy 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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