Your water heater performs best with routine maintenance from an expert plumber. This annual service gives you the time to react quickly and take care of common problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters.
Rust can take root in various places on your water heater and can be the result of ill-fitted connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank might be evidence of a more complicated problem. We recommend hiring a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to discover if the tank’s interior liner has rusted. This appears after the anode rod fails. When working normally, the anode rod removes 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 breaks.
Here are some other signs that your water heater is on its way out.
While your water heater can’t tell you exactly when it’s going to fail, these are common signs that it’s close.
A quality water heater usually lasts for close to 10 years. If yours is near this age or older, it’s a good idea to research 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 could taste unusual or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t always harmful, it affects your water quality and could also stain your bathroom fixtures.
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 less use, it’s time to get a replacement.
When your water heater’s anode rod fails, sediment builds up in the tank. As a result, your water heater must work more intensely to heat water. This can result in banging or knocking sounds, as well as bigger energy bills.
Our expert plumbers will recommend what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When thinking about hot water heater replacement, they’ll help you pick between tankless water heaters and tank models. Here are a few of the key differences.
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 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 are preferred for their energy efficiency since they heat water when directed to. Because they don’t have a tank, they can be installed 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 good to note they’re frequently more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be replenished with rebates since several models are ENERGY STAR® rated.
Hot water heater replacement cost isn’t cheap. In fact, installing 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 get a brand new one installed at no added cost. There’s no down payment or large initial expense, and you’ll get to keep 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 replace 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 the U.S., give us a call at 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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