What Steps to Take When Your Water Heater is Rusting on the Bottom

Your water heater does best with steady maintenance from an experienced plumber. This annual service gives you the time to notice quickly and take care of likely problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters.

Rust can form in several places on your water heater and might be the result of damaged connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank could be evidence of a more complicated problem. We suggest calling a professional like Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to determine if the tank’s interior liner has rusted. This happens after the anode rod fails. When working as usual, the anode rod pushes out impurities from the water.

When your tank has corroded, 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 a few other signs that your water heater is on its way out.

4 Signs You Need Water Heater Replacement

While your water heater can’t inform you exactly when it’s going to break, these are obvious signs that it’s close.

1. Age

A quality water heater typically survives for about 10 years. If yours is near this age or older, it’s a good idea to consider replacing it even if it’s still in decent shape. That way, you can avoid losing out on 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 unpleasant 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 a steady supply of hot water, even if you’re showering and washing clothes at the same time. If you find yours is struggling even with infrequent use, it’s time to get a new one.

4. Strange Sounds

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 lead to clanging or knocking sounds, as well as larger energy bills.

Tankless Water Heaters vs. Tank? What’s Ideal for My Residence?

Our qualified plumbers will offer their opinion on 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 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 much sooner than a tankless model.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are preferred for their energy efficiency since they heat water on demand. Because they are without a tank, they can be tucked away in tight spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an added bonus, they typically last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s wise 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 for Outstanding Water Heater Replacement

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 simple 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 include 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 update 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 Orlando, give us a call at 407-329-7661 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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