Your water heater does best with regular maintenance from an experienced plumber. This annual service gives you the opportunity to react quickly and fix likely 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 loose connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank may be evidence of a more serious problem. We recommend calling a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to determine if the tank’s interior liner has corroded. This occurs after the anode rod fails. When functioning as usual, the anode rod removes impurities from the water.
When your tank has rusted, 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 a small number of other signs that your water heater is on its way out.
While your water heater can’t share exactly when it’s going to break, these are telltale signs that it’s about to happen.
A well-maintained water heater generally lasts for close to 10 years. If yours is approaching this age or older, it’s a smart idea to look into 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.
This is evidence that your water heater’s tank is rusted down. Your water could taste strange or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t especially harmful, it affects your water quality and can also stain your bathroom fixtures.
Your water heater should produce enough 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 replacement.
When your water heater’s anode rod breaks, sediment appears in the tank. As a result, your water heater must work harder to heat water. This can result in clanging or knocking sounds, as well as higher energy bills.
Our expert plumbers will recommend 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 number of the key differences.
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 large and constantly heating water, which is less energy efficient. And with a life span of about 12 years, they must be replaced more regularly than a tankless model.
Tankless water heaters are used for their energy efficiency since they heat water on demand. Because they are without a tank, they can be hidden in cozy spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As another bonus, they often last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s good to note they’re frequently more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be offset by rebates since many models are ENERGY STAR® rated.
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 subtract 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 change your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s evolving needs.**
To learn the details about our process for water heater replacement in the U.S., give us a call at 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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