What It Means When Your Water Heater Has a Rusting

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 possible problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters.

Rust can grow 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 may be signs of a more complicated problem. We would advise calling a professional like Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to find out if the tank’s interior liner has degraded. This appears after the anode rod fails. When functioning normally, the anode rod filters impurities from the water.

When your tank has rusted, it’s wise 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 on its way out.

4 Hints You Need Water Heater Replacement

While your water heater can’t tell you exactly when it’s going to break, these are common signs that it’s about to happen.

1. Age

A well-maintained water heater usually lasts for around 10 years. If yours is approaching this age or older, it’s a wise idea to look into 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 rusting. Your water could taste strange or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t necessarily harmful, it affects your water quality and can also stain your bathroom fixtures.

3. Decreased Hot Water

Your water heater should produce enough 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.

4. Odd Sounds

When your water heater’s anode rod malfunctions, sediment collects 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 Right for My House?

Our expert plumbers will discuss 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 a few of the key differences.

Tank Water Heaters

Tank water heaters are the most common type. 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 large 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 used for their energy efficiency since they heat water when told. Because they don’t have a tank, they can be placed in cozy spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an added bonus, they typically last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s good to note they’re largely more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be replenished with rebates since many models are ENERGY STAR® rated.

Trust 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, particularly 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 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 change your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s changing needs.**

To learn more about our process for water heater replacement in Livermore, give us a call at 925-364-5427 today. Our Experts are ready 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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