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

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

Rust can take root in different places on your water heater and might be the result of damaged connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank can be pointing to a more complicated problem. We recommend hiring a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to learn if the tank’s interior liner has corroded. This occurs 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 rust, it’s smart to schedule water heater replacement. Otherwise, you risk having your home flooded with gallons of water when the tank fails. 

Here are some other signs that your water heater is beginning to fail. 

4 Signs You Call for Water Heater Replacement 

While your water heater can’t inform you exactly when it’s going to fail, these are typical signs that it’s about to happen. 

1. Age 

A dependable water heater usually lives for close to 10 years. If yours is around this age or older, it’s a good idea to research replacing it even if it’s still running. 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 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 may also stain your bathroom fixtures. 

3. Less Hot Water 

Your water heater should produce a steady supply of 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 fails, 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 expert plumbers will discuss 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 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 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 on demand. Because they lack a tank, they can be placed in cozy spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As another bonus, they typically last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s smart to note they’re frequently more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be balanced with rebates since several 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, putting in 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 be entitled to a brand new one installed at no surprise 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 ability to replace your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s changing needs.** 

To learn everything 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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