Your water heater works best with routine maintenance from an expert plumber. This annual service gives you the time to notice quickly and fix likely problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters.
Rust can form in various places on your water heater and might be the result of damaged connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank may be pointing to a more complex problem. We would advise hiring a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to determine if the tank’s interior liner has corroded. This occurs after the anode rod fails. When working as usual, the anode rod filters impurities from the water.
When your tank has corroded, it’s time 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.
While your water heater can’t tell you exactly when it’s going to break, these are telltale signs that it’s close.
A quality water heater usually lasts for about 10 years. If yours is around this age or older, it’s a good idea to research replacing it even if it’s still working. That way, you can avoid a lack of hot water or a mess if the tank leaks.
This is evidence that your water heater’s tank is rusting. Your water may taste unpleasant or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t always harmful, it affects your water quality and can also stain your bathroom fixtures.
Your water heater should produce ample hot water, even if you’re showering and washing clothes at the same time. If you find yours is struggling even with low use, it’s time to get an upgrade.
When your water heater’s anode rod fails, sediment collects in the tank. As a result, your water heater must work harder to heat water. This can result in banging or knocking sounds, as well as bigger energy bills.
Our trusted 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 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 sizeable 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 are prized for their energy efficiency since they heat water when told. Because they are without a tank, they can be hidden in cozy spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As another bonus, they usually last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s wise to note they’re largely more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be offset by rebates since several models are ENERGY STAR® rated.
Hot water heater replacement cost isn’t cheap. In fact, connecting a new heater can cost several thousand dollars, especially 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 extra 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 ability to replace your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s changing needs.**
To learn everything 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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