What Steps to Take When Your Water Heater is Rusted Underneath

Your water heater works best with steady maintenance from an expert plumber. This annual service gives you the time to react quickly and fix possible problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters

Rust can grow in several 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 evidence of a more complex problem. We suggest contacting a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to learn if the tank’s interior liner has rusted. This occurs after the anode rod fails. When functioning as usual, the anode rod filters impurities from the water. 

When your tank has rust, it’s wise to schedule water heater replacement. Otherwise, you risk having your home flooded with gallons of water when the tank breaks. 

Here are several other signs that your water heater is beginning to fail. 

4 Hints You Should Schedule Water Heater Replacement 

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

1. Age 

A quality water heater generally lives for about 10 years. If yours is approaching this age or older, it’s a smart idea to research replacing it even if it’s still in decent shape. That way, you can avoid a lack of 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 odd 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. 

3. Reduced 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. Odd Sounds 

When your water heater’s anode rod malfunctions, sediment collects 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 Best for My House? 

Our experienced plumbers will discuss what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When thinking about 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 choice. 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 large 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 valued for their energy efficiency since they heat water when directed to. Because they are without a tank, they can be placed 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 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 receive a brand new one installed at no additional cost. There’s no down payment or large initial expense, and you’ll get to hold onto any applicable rebates. 

As a valued member, you’ll have access to 24/7 emergency service at no charge. Diagnostic, parts and labour 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 evolving needs.** 

To learn everything about our process for water heater replacement in Canada, give us a call at 866-397-3787 today. Our Experts are ready 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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