What It Means When Your Water Heater Has a Rusted

Your water heater works best with regular maintenance from an expert plumber. This annual service gives you the time to notice quickly and resolve 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 may be the result of ill-fitted connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank could be pointing to a more complex problem. We suggest contacting a professional like Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to determine if the tank’s interior liner has corroded. This happens after the anode rod fails. When working as usual, 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 fails.

Here are a few other signs that your water heater is on its way out.

4 Clues You Should Schedule Water Heater Replacement

While your water heater can’t tell you exactly when it’s going to fail, these are telltale signs that it’s close.

1. Age

A dependable water heater generally lives for around 10 years. If yours is near this age or older, it’s a wise idea to research replacing it even if it’s still in decent shape. That way, you can avoid losing out on 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 strange or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t especially harmful, it affects your water quality and may also stain your bathroom fixtures.

3. Reduced Hot Water

Your water heater should transport 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 minimal use, it’s time to get an upgrade.

4. Abnormal Sounds

When your water heater’s anode rod malfunctions, sediment builds up in the tank. As a result, your water heater must work harder to heat water. This can produce banging or knocking sounds, as well as larger energy bills.

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

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 decide 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 choice. 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 are without a tank, they can be squeezed in smaller spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an extra bonus, they generally last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s wise to note they’re frequently more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be balanced with rebates since quite a few models are ENERGY STAR® rated.

Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for Quality Water Heater Replacement

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 low monthly cost, you’ll earn 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 update your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s growing needs.**

To learn everything about our process for water heater replacement in Alliance, give us a call at 330-235-1260 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.