Your water heater runs best with consistent maintenance from an experienced plumber. This annual service gives you the time to notice quickly and resolve possible problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters.
Rust can grow in various places on your water heater and could be the result of loose connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank might be signs of a more complicated problem. We suggest hiring a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to discover if the tank’s interior liner has rusted. This occurs after the anode rod fails. When functioning like it’s supposed to, the anode rod pushes out impurities from the water.
When your tank has rust, it’s time 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 inform you exactly when it’s going to break, these are typical signs that it’s going out.
A well-maintained water heater generally lasts for about 10 years. If yours is around this age or older, it’s a wise idea to look into replacing it even if it’s still running. 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 could taste unusual 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.
Your water heater should produce a steady supply of 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 a replacement.
When your water heater’s anode rod stops working, sediment collects in the tank. As a result, your water heater must work longer to heat water. This can result in banging or knocking sounds, as well as larger energy bills.
Our experienced plumbers will discuss 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 few 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 large 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 are preferred for their energy efficiency since they heat water when told. Because they don’t have a tank, they can be hidden in cozy spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an added bonus, they usually last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s wise 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.
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 be entitled to 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 ability to swap 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 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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