What to Do When Your Water Heater is Rusty Underneath

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

Rust can take root in several places on your water heater and might be the result of ill-fitted connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank might be signs of a more complex problem. We would advise hiring a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to learn if the tank’s interior liner has degraded. This appears after the anode rod fails. When working 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 several other signs that your water heater is breaking down. 

4 Clues You Call for Water Heater Replacement 

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

1. Age 

A quality water heater usually survives for around 10 years. If yours is close to this age or older, it’s a smart idea to consider 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 rusting. Your water may taste strange or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t especially harmful, it affects your water quality and might also stain your bathroom fixtures. 

3. Reduced Hot Water 

Your water heater should provide a steady supply of hot water, even if you’re showering and washing clothes at the same time. If you discover yours is struggling even with less 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 harder to heat water. This can produce banging or knocking sounds, as well as bigger energy bills. 

Tankless Water Heaters vs. Tank? What’s Ideal for My House? 

Our well-trained 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 decide 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 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 big 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 on demand. Because they lack a tank, they can be installed in cozy spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an added bonus, they typically last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s wise to note they’re largely more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be offset by rebates since quite a few models are ENERGY STAR® rated. 

Trust 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, in particular if you want a tankless model. 

That’s why we offer an Advantage Program™ for your water heater. For one low 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 keep 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 adjust 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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