What Steps to Take When Your Water Heater is Rusting on Its Base

Your water heater does best with consistent maintenance from an expert plumber. This annual service gives you the opportunity to notice quickly and fix possible 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 damaged connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank might be signs of a more serious problem. We recommend hiring a professional like Teays Valley Service Experts to determine if the tank’s interior liner has degraded. This appears after the anode rod fails. When operating normally, the anode rod filters impurities from the water.

When your tank has rust, 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 several other signs that your water heater is beginning to fail.

4 Signs You Need Water Heater Replacement

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

1. Age

A well-maintained water heater generally lives for close to 10 years. If yours is close to 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 not having 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 unusual or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t necessarily harmful, it affects your water quality and might also stain your bathroom fixtures.

3. Reduced Hot Water

Your water heater should deliver a steady supply of hot water, even if you’re showering and washing clothes at the same time. If you discover yours is struggling even with less use, it’s time to get a new one.

4. Strange Sounds

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

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

Our trusted plumbers will share 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 few 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 much sooner 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 hidden in smaller spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an extra bonus, they usually last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s wise to note they’re largely more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be replenished with rebates since quite a few models are ENERGY STAR® rated.

Depend on Teays Valley Service Experts for Excellent Water Heater Replacement

Hot water heater replacement cost isn’t cheap. In fact, connecting a new heater can cost several thousand dollars, in particular 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 earn 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 swap 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 Hurricane, give us a call at 304-760-5088 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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