What It Means When Your Water Heater Has a Rusting

Your water heater works best with routine 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 appear in various places on your water heater and might be the result of leaky connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank may be pointing to a more complicated problem. We recommend contacting a professional like Chief/Bauer Service Experts to learn if the tank’s interior liner has corroded. This happens after the anode rod fails. When operating as usual, the anode rod pushes out impurities from the water.

When your tank has corroded, it’s smart to schedule water heater replacement. Otherwise, you risk having your home flooded with gallons of water when the tank breaks.

Here are a few other signs that your water heater is breaking down.

4 Clues You Should Schedule Water Heater Replacement

While your water heater can’t share exactly when it’s going to shut down, these are common signs that it’s close.

1. Age

A dependable water heater typically lives for close to 10 years. If yours is near this age or older, it’s a wise idea to consider 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.

2. Rusty Water

This is evidence that your water heater’s tank is rusted down. Your water might taste strange or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t especially harmful, it affects your water quality and might also stain your bathroom fixtures.

3. Reduced Hot Water

Your water heater should deliver ample hot water, even if you’re showering and washing clothes at the same time. If you find yours is struggling even with less use, it’s time to get a replacement.

4. Abnormal Sounds

When your water heater’s anode rod breaks, sediment builds up in the tank. As a result, your water heater must work more intensely to heat water. This can result in clanging or knocking sounds, as well as higher energy bills.

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

Our well-trained 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 number 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 tailor-made 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 regularly than a tankless model.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are used for their energy efficiency since they heat water when told. Because they lack a tank, they can be tucked away in convenient 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 helpful to note they’re frequently more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be offset by rebates since several models are ENERGY STAR® rated.

Call Chief/Bauer Service Experts for Excellent Water Heater Replacement

Hot water heater replacement cost isn’t cheap. In fact, connecting 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 receive 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 ability 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 Champaign, give us a call at 217-689-2469 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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