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

Your water heater does best with consistent maintenance from an expert plumber. This annual service gives you the time to respond quickly and resolve likely problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters.

Rust can take root in several places on your water heater and could be the result of leaky connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank can be pointing to a more complicated problem. We suggest calling a professional like Peachtree Service Experts to learn if the tank’s interior liner has corroded. This appears after the anode rod fails. When functioning like it’s supposed to, the anode rod pushes out impurities from the water.

When your tank has rusted, it’s smart to schedule water heater replacement. Otherwise, you risk having your home flooded with gallons of water when the tank gives out.

Here are a small number of other signs that your water heater is on its way out.

4 Clues You Should Schedule Water Heater Replacement

While your water heater can’t tell you exactly when it’s going to fail, these are telltale signs that it’s going out.

1. Age

A quality water heater typically lasts for close to 10 years. If yours is around this age or older, it’s a wise idea to research replacing it even if it’s still in decent shape. 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 might taste strange or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t always harmful, it affects your water quality and may also stain your bathroom fixtures.

3. Less Hot Water

Your water heater should deliver enough 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 new one.

4. Odd Sounds

When your water heater’s anode rod breaks, 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 bigger energy bills.

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

Our expert plumbers will discuss what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When thinking about hot water heater replacement, they’ll help you pick 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 model. They have a dedicated supply of hot water, which is useful 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 regularly than a tankless model.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are valued for their energy efficiency since they heat water when told. Because they don’t have a tank, they can be hidden in smaller 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 good 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.

Depend on Peachtree Service Experts for Outstanding 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 low monthly cost, you’ll get a brand new one installed at no surprise 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 changing needs.**

To learn the details about our process for water heater replacement in Atlanta, give us a call at 678-235-9699 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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