What Rust Underneath Your Water Heater Means

Your water heater runs best with consistent maintenance from a professional plumber. This annual service gives you the time to respond quickly and fix potential problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters.

Rust can take root 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 might be signs of a more serious problem. We suggest hiring a professional like Calverley Service Experts to determine if the tank’s interior liner has rusted. This happens after the anode rod fails. When functioning like it’s supposed to, the anode rod filters impurities from the water.

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

Here are a small number of other signs that your water heater is breaking down.

4 Clues You Should Schedule Water Heater Replacement

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

1. Age

A dependable water heater typically survives for around 10 years. If yours is near this age or older, it’s a wise idea to research 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 might taste strange or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t always harmful, it affects your water quality and could also stain your bathroom fixtures.

3. Less Hot Water

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

4. Strange Sounds

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

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

Our trusted plumbers will recommend what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When looking into hot water heater replacement, they’ll help you choose 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 ideal 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 when directed to. Because they lack a tank, they can be squeezed in cozy spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an added bonus, they often last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s helpful 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.

Call Calverley Service Experts for Outstanding Water Heater Replacement

Hot water heater replacement cost isn’t cheap. In fact, connecting 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 earn a brand new one installed at no additional cost. There’s no down payment or large initial expense, and you’ll get to include 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 swap 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 Fort Worth, give us a call at 817-380-5647 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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