Your water heater performs best with routine maintenance from an experienced plumber. This annual service gives you the time to react quickly and fix possible problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters.
Rust can form in various places on your water heater and might be the result of loose connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank might be evidence of a more complicated problem. We would advise contacting a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to determine if the tank’s interior liner has corroded. 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 rust, 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 breaking down.
While your water heater can’t share exactly when it’s going to break, these are obvious signs that it’s going out.
A well-maintained water heater usually survives for around 10 years. If yours is near this age or older, it’s a wise idea to look into 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.
This is evidence that your water heater’s tank is rusted down. Your water might taste unusual 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.
Your water heater should transport ample hot water, even if you’re showering and washing clothes at the same time. If you learn yours is struggling even with less use, it’s time to get an upgrade.
When your water heater’s anode rod breaks, sediment builds up in the tank. As a result, your water heater must work longer to heat water. This can lead to clanging or knocking sounds, as well as bigger energy bills.
Our qualified plumbers will recommend what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When looking into 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 are the most common type. They have a dedicated supply of hot water, which is better-suited 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 prized for their energy efficiency since they heat water on demand. Because they lack a tank, they can be hidden in tight spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As another bonus, they generally last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s important to note they’re typically more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be replenished with rebates since quite a few models are ENERGY STAR® rated.
Hot water heater replacement cost isn’t cheap. In fact, installing 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 be entitled to a brand new one installed at no additional 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 adjust your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s evolving needs.**
To learn everything about our process for water heater replacement in the U.S., give us a call at today. Our Experts are happy to help however we can.
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