Your water heater performs best with routine maintenance from an experienced plumber. This annual service gives you the chance to respond quickly and take care of 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 might be the result of loose connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank can be pointing to a more complex problem. We recommend calling a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to learn if the tank’s interior liner has degraded. This appears after the anode rod fails. When operating as usual, the anode rod removes impurities from the water.
When your tank has corroded, 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 few other signs that your water heater is breaking down.
While your water heater can’t share exactly when it’s going to break, these are frequent signs that it’s close.
A dependable water heater generally lasts for around 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 losing out on hot water or a mess if the tank leaks.
This is evidence that your water heater’s tank is rusted down. Your water might taste unpleasant 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.
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 stops working, sediment collects in the tank. As a result, your water heater must work harder to heat water. This can produce clanging or knocking sounds, as well as bigger energy bills.
Our qualified plumbers will offer their opinion on what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When looking into 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 sizeable 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 are prized for their energy efficiency since they heat water when told. Because they lack a tank, they can be hidden in tight spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an added bonus, they generally last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s helpful to note they’re typically more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be replenished with rebates since many models are ENERGY STAR® rated.
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 low monthly cost, you’ll earn 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 option to change your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s changing needs.**
To learn more 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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