What It Means When Your Water Heater Has a Rusted

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

Rust can take root in several places on your water heater and can be the result of damaged connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank might be signs of a more complex problem. We recommend hiring a professional like Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to learn if the tank’s interior liner has corroded. This happens 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 fails.

Here are some 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 shut down, these are frequent signs that it’s beginning.

1. Age

A quality water heater typically lasts for around 10 years. If yours is around 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 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 might taste unpleasant or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t especially harmful, it affects your water quality and might also stain your bathroom fixtures.

3. Less Hot Water

Your water heater should provide a steady supply of hot water, even if you’re showering and washing clothes at the same time. If you learn 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 malfunctions, sediment appears in the tank. As a result, your water heater must work harder to heat water. This can lead to clanking or knocking sounds, as well as bigger energy bills.

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

Our experienced plumbers will offer their opinion on what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When considering hot water heater replacement, they’ll help you decide between tankless water heaters and tank models. Here are some of the key differences.

Tank Water Heaters

Tank water heaters are the most common type. They have a dedicated supply of hot water, which is better-suited 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 quickly than a tankless model.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are used for their energy efficiency since they heat water when told. Because they lack a tank, they can be placed in convenient spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As another bonus, they often last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s smart to note they’re typically more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be replenished with rebates since several models are ENERGY STAR® rated.

Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for Outstanding 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 low monthly cost, you’ll earn a brand new one installed at no extra 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 swap 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 Canada, 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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