What It Means When Your Water Heater Has a Rusty Bottom

Your water heater performs best with steady maintenance from an expert plumber. This annual service gives you the time to notice quickly and take care of possible 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 may be evidence of a more complex problem. We recommend hiring a professional like Broad Ripple Service Experts to find out if the tank’s interior liner has degraded. This appears after the anode rod fails. When operating as usual, the anode rod removes impurities from the water.

When your tank has corroded, 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 Clues You Need Water Heater Replacement

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

1. Age

A dependable water heater generally survives for around 10 years. If yours is approaching this age or older, it’s a good idea to look into replacing it even if it’s still running. 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 unusual or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t necessarily harmful, it affects your water quality and can also stain your bathroom fixtures.

3. Reduced Hot Water

Your water heater should provide 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 an upgrade.

4. Weird Sounds

When your water heater’s anode rod malfunctions, sediment collects in the tank. As a result, your water heater must work harder to heat water. This can produce clanking 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 offer their opinion on 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 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 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 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 tucked away in cozy spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As another bonus, they frequently last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s helpful to note they’re often more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be replenished with rebates since several models are ENERGY STAR® rated.

Call Broad Ripple Service Experts for Excellent Water Heater Replacement

Hot water heater replacement cost isn’t cheap. In fact, installing 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 low monthly cost, you’ll be entitled to 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 option to replace your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s growing needs.**

To learn more about our process for water heater replacement in Indianapolis, give us a call at 317-527-0271 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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