What to Do When Your Water Heater is Rusted Underneath

Your water heater runs best with consistent maintenance from a professional plumber. This annual service gives you the time to respond quickly and fix possible problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters

Rust can appear in several 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 evidence of a more complicated problem. We recommend calling a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to determine if the tank’s interior liner has degraded. This appears after the anode rod fails. When operating normally, the anode rod removes impurities from the water. 

When your tank has rusted, 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 several 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 fail, these are telltale signs that it’s about to happen. 

1. Age 

A well-maintained water heater usually survives for about 10 years. If yours is around this age or older, it’s a smart idea to look into replacing it even if it’s still in decent shape. 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 corroding. Your water may taste strange or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t always harmful, it affects your water quality and might also stain your bathroom fixtures. 

3. Decreased Hot Water 

Your water heater should produce enough hot water, even if you’re showering and washing clothes at the same time. If you learn yours is struggling even with low use, it’s time to get a replacement. 

4. Strange Sounds 

When your water heater’s anode rod stops working, sediment builds up in the tank. As a result, your water heater must work longer to heat water. This can produce clanking or knocking sounds, as well as higher energy bills. 

Tankless Water Heaters vs. Tank? What’s Ideal 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 choose 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 useful 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 preferred for their energy efficiency since they heat water when directed to. Because they lack a tank, they can be installed in smaller spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an extra bonus, they frequently last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s helpful to note they’re frequently more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be balanced with rebates since several models are ENERGY STAR® rated. 

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

Hot water heater replacement cost isn’t cheap. In fact, installing 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 added 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 option to adjust your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s growing needs.** 

To learn the details about our process for water heater replacement in the U.S., give us a call at 866-397-3787 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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