What to Do When Your Water Heater is Rusted Underneath

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

Rust can take root in different places on your water heater and could be the result of ill-fitted connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank might be pointing to a more complex problem. We recommend hiring a professional like McElroy Service Experts to learn if the tank’s interior liner has rusted. This appears after the anode rod fails. When working as usual, the anode rod removes 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 several other signs that your water heater is on its way out.

4 Hints You Need Water Heater Replacement

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

1. Age

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

3. Decreased Hot Water

Your water heater should deliver enough 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 new one.

4. Strange Sounds

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

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

Our well-trained plumbers will offer their opinion on what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When considering 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 useful 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 preferred for their energy efficiency since they heat water when directed to. Because they are without a tank, they can be tucked away in tight spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As another bonus, they generally 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 balanced with rebates since many models are ENERGY STAR® rated.

Trust McElroy Service Experts for Quality 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 earn 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 flexibility to update 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 Grand Island, give us a call at 308-210-4398 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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