What Things to Do When Your Water Heater is Rusty Underneath

Your water heater does best with regular maintenance from an experienced plumber. This annual service gives you the time to notice quickly and take care of likely problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters.

Rust can form 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 complicated problem. We recommend calling a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to discover if the tank’s interior liner has corroded. This appears after the anode rod fails. When working 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 fails.

Here are some other signs that your water heater is on its way out.

4 Hints You Should Schedule Water Heater Replacement

While your water heater can’t tell you exactly when it’s going to shut down, these are typical signs that it’s close.

1. Age

A dependable water heater typically lives for close to 10 years. If yours is near this age or older, it’s a good idea to look into replacing it even if it’s still working. 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 may taste unusual or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t especially harmful, it affects your water quality and might also stain your bathroom fixtures.

3. Less 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 low use, it’s time to get a replacement.

4. Weird Sounds

When your water heater’s anode rod malfunctions, 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 higher energy bills.

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

Our well-trained plumbers will discuss what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When considering hot water heater replacement, they’ll help you pick between tankless water heaters and tank models. Here are some of the key differences.

Tank Water Heaters

Tank water heaters are the most common model. 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 big 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 valued for their energy efficiency since they heat water when directed to. Because they don’t have a tank, they can be placed in smaller spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an added bonus, they typically 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 replenished with rebates since many models are ENERGY STAR® rated.

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

Hot water heater replacement cost isn’t cheap. In fact, putting in a new heater can cost several thousand dollars, particularly 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 get 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 replace your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s evolving needs.**

To learn more about our process for water heater replacement in the U.S., give us a call at today. Our Experts are happy to help however we can.


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