Your water heater works best with regular maintenance from an expert plumber. This annual service gives you the chance to respond quickly and fix 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 could be the result of ill-fitted connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank might be signs of a more complex problem. We suggest calling a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to determine if the tank’s interior liner has degraded. This happens after the anode rod fails. When functioning like it’s supposed to, the anode rod pushes out 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 gives out.
Here are some other signs that your water heater is beginning to fail.
While your water heater can’t tell you exactly when it’s going to fail, these are telltale signs that it’s going out.
A well-maintained water heater generally lives for close to 10 years. If yours is close to this age or older, it’s a good idea to consider 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.
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 deliver ample 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.
When your water heater’s anode rod fails, sediment collects in the tank. As a result, your water heater must work longer to heat water. This can result in clanking or knocking sounds, as well as larger energy bills.
Our experienced plumbers will offer their opinion on what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When looking into hot water heater replacement, they’ll help you pick between tankless water heaters and tank models. Here are some of the key differences.
Tank water heaters are the most common type. They have a dedicated supply of hot water, which is useful 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 much sooner than a tankless model.
Tankless water heaters are used for their energy efficiency since they heat water when directed to. Because they don’t have a tank, they can be tucked away in smaller spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an added bonus, they generally last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s wise to note they’re often more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be offset by rebates since quite a few models are ENERGY STAR® rated.
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 single 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 hold onto 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 change 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 willing 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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