What Things to Do When Your Water Heater is Rusted on the Bottom

Your water heater performs best with regular maintenance from an expert plumber. This annual service gives you the chance to notice quickly and resolve possible problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters

Rust can appear in various 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 may be pointing to a more complex problem. We suggest calling a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to learn if the tank’s interior liner has corroded. This appears after the anode rod fails. When functioning normally, the anode rod filters impurities from the water. 

When your tank has corroded, it’s a good idea 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 breaking down. 

4 Signs 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 going out. 

1. Age 

A dependable water heater typically lives for around 10 years. If yours is near this age or older, it’s a wise idea to consider replacing it even if it’s still working. 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 corroding. Your water could taste strange or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t necessarily harmful, it affects your water quality and could also stain your bathroom fixtures. 

3. Decreased Hot Water 

Your water heater should produce a steady supply of 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 a new one. 

4. Abnormal Sounds 

When your water heater’s anode rod fails, 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 Home? 

Our qualified plumbers will share 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 type. They have a dedicated supply of hot water, which is better-suited 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 often than a tankless model. 

Tankless Water Heaters 

Tankless water heaters are used for their energy efficiency since they heat water on demand. Because they are without a tank, they can be placed in convenient 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 smart to note they’re frequently more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be balanced with rebates since many models are ENERGY STAR® rated. 

Trust Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Quality Water Heater Replacement 

Hot water heater replacement cost isn’t cheap. In fact, connecting a new heater can cost several thousand dollars, especially if you want a tankless model. 

That’s why we offer an Advantage Program™ for your water heater. For one simple monthly cost, you’ll receive a brand new one installed at no extra 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 update your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s changing 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 ready 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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