What Steps to Take When Your Water Heater is Rusting on Its Base

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

Rust can form in several places on your water heater and can be the result of leaky connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank may be evidence of a more complex problem. We suggest hiring a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to determine if the tank’s interior liner has degraded. This appears after the anode rod fails. When functioning like it’s supposed to, 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 some other signs that your water heater is beginning to fail. 

4 Hints You Should Schedule Water Heater Replacement 

While your water heater can’t share exactly when it’s going to fail, these are typical signs that it’s beginning. 

1. Age 

A dependable water heater generally lives for close to 10 years. If yours is close to this age or older, it’s a smart idea to research 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 especially harmful, it affects your water quality and can also stain your bathroom fixtures. 

3. Reduced Hot Water 

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

4. Abnormal Sounds 

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

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

Our qualified plumbers will discuss what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When looking into hot water heater replacement, they’ll help you pick 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 choice. 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 sizeable and constantly heating water, which is less energy efficient. And with a life span of about 12 years, they must be replaced more quickly 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 frequently last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s important to note they’re often more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be offset by rebates since several models are ENERGY STAR® rated. 

Call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Excellent 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 single monthly cost, you’ll earn a brand new one installed at no extra 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 opportunity to adjust your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s growing 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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