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What Things to Do When Your Water Heater is Rusted on Its Base

Your water heater performs best with routine maintenance from an experienced plumber. This annual service gives you the chance to notice 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 can be the result of damaged connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank might be evidence of a more complicated problem. We suggest hiring a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to learn if the tank’s interior liner has rusted. This occurs after the anode rod fails. When operating normally, 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 several 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 typical signs that it’s beginning. 

1. Age 

A quality water heater generally lives for close to 10 years. If yours is around this age or older, it’s a wise idea to consider replacing it even if it’s still running. That way, you can avoid a lack of 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 could taste unusual or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t always harmful, it affects your water quality and might also stain your bathroom fixtures. 

3. Reduced Hot Water 

Your water heater should provide enough hot water, even if you’re showering and washing clothes at the same time. If you find yours is struggling even with infrequent use, it’s time to get a new one. 

4. Strange Sounds 

When your water heater’s anode rod stops working, 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 larger energy bills. 

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

Our well-trained plumbers will share 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 some of the key differences. 

Tank Water Heaters 

Tank water heaters are the most common type. 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 prized for their energy efficiency since they heat water when told. Because they are without a tank, they can be installed 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 helpful to note they’re typically more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be replenished with rebates since many 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, 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 added 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 swap your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s evolving 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 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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