What Rust on the Base of Your Water Heater Indicates

Your water heater runs best with consistent maintenance from an expert plumber. This annual service gives you the time to respond quickly and take care of potential problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters.

Rust can form in different places on your water heater and may be the result of leaky connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank may be signs of a more complex problem. We recommend calling a professional like Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to discover if the tank’s interior liner has rusted. This occurs after the anode rod fails. When working like it’s supposed to, the anode rod pushes out impurities from the water.

When your tank has rusted, 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.

4 Signs You Should Schedule Water Heater Replacement

While your water heater can’t inform you exactly when it’s going to shut down, these are typical signs that it’s beginning.

1. Age

A quality water heater typically lasts for close to 10 years. If yours is near this age or older, it’s a good idea to look into replacing it even if it’s still running. 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 corroding. Your water might taste unpleasant or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t necessarily harmful, it affects your water quality and could also stain your bathroom fixtures.

3. Decreased Hot Water

Your water heater should provide ample hot water, even if you’re showering and washing clothes at the same time. If you learn yours is struggling even with low use, it’s time to get a new one.

4. Odd 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 clanging or knocking sounds, as well as larger energy bills.

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

Our expert plumbers will discuss 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 few 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 useful 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 quickly than a tankless model.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are prized for their energy efficiency since they heat water when directed to. Because they don’t have a tank, they can be tucked away in convenient spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an added bonus, they frequently last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s good to note they’re typically more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be offset by rebates since many models are ENERGY STAR® rated.

Depend on Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for Quality Water Heater Replacement

Hot water heater replacement cost isn’t cheap. In fact, putting in 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 earn a brand new one installed at no extra 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 flexibility to update your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s evolving needs.**

To learn the details about our process for water heater replacement in Ocala, give us a call at 352-414-4006 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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