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

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

Rust can form in several places on your water heater and could be the result of loose connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank may be signs of a more complicated problem. We recommend calling a professional like Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to determine if the tank’s interior liner has degraded. This happens after the anode rod fails. When operating as usual, 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 breaks.

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

4 Signs You Call for 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 going out.

1. Age

A well-maintained water heater usually survives for close to 10 years. If yours is near this age or older, it’s a good idea to consider replacing it even if it’s still working. 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 may taste unpleasant or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t especially harmful, it affects your water quality and can also stain your bathroom fixtures.

3. Decreased Hot Water

Your water heater should transport enough 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 replacement.

4. Strange Sounds

When your water heater’s anode rod breaks, sediment appears in the tank. As a result, your water heater must work harder to heat water. This can lead to banging or knocking sounds, as well as higher energy bills.

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

Our well-trained plumbers will discuss 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

Tank water heaters are the most common model. 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

Tankless water heaters are valued for their energy efficiency since they heat water when told. Because they don’t have a tank, they can be installed in cozy 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 important to note they’re typically more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be balanced with rebates since many models are ENERGY STAR® rated.

Trust 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 receive a brand new one installed at no additional 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 opportunity 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 the Niagara Region, give us a call at 289-273-2229 today. Our Experts are happy 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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