What Things to Do When Your Water Heater is Rusted on Its Base

Your water heater runs best with regular maintenance from a professional plumber. This annual service gives you the opportunity to respond quickly and take care of common problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters

Rust can appear in various 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 pointing to a more complex problem. We would advise contacting a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to discover if the tank’s interior liner has degraded. This happens after the anode rod fails. When operating normally, the anode rod filters 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 breaks. 

Here are several other signs that your water heater is on its way out. 

4 Clues You Need Water Heater Replacement 

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

1. Age 

A well-maintained water heater typically lives for close to 10 years. If yours is approaching this age or older, it’s a smart idea to consider replacing it even if it’s still in decent shape. 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 rusting. Your water could taste unpleasant or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t always harmful, it affects your water quality and could also stain your bathroom fixtures. 

3. Reduced Hot Water 

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

4. Odd Sounds 

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

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

Our well-trained plumbers will share what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When looking into hot water heater replacement, they’ll help you choose between tankless water heaters and tank models. Here are some 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 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 more quickly than a tankless model. 

Tankless Water Heaters 

Tankless water heaters are valued for their energy efficiency since they heat water when directed to. Because they lack a tank, they can be hidden in convenient spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an added bonus, they often 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 replenished with rebates since several models are ENERGY STAR® rated. 

Trust Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Excellent Water Heater Replacement 

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 low monthly cost, you’ll earn 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 flexibility to replace your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s changing needs.** 

To learn everything about our process for water heater replacement in the U.S., give us a call at 866-397-3787 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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