Your water heater does best with steady 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 grow in different places on your water heater and could be the result of ill-fitted connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank may be pointing to a more complicated problem. We suggest calling a professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to determine if the tank’s interior liner has degraded. This happens after the anode rod fails. When operating like it’s supposed to, the anode rod filters 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 fails.
Here are several other signs that your water heater is beginning to fail.
While your water heater can’t inform you exactly when it’s going to fail, these are typical signs that it’s about to happen.
A well-maintained water heater usually survives for around 10 years. If yours is close to this age or older, it’s a smart idea to research replacing it even if it’s still running. That way, you can avoid not having hot water or a mess if the tank leaks.
This is evidence that your water heater’s tank is corroding. Your water might taste unusual or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t always harmful, it affects your water quality and might 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 discover yours is struggling even with minimal use, it’s time to get a replacement.
When your water heater’s anode rod malfunctions, sediment collects in the tank. As a result, your water heater must work more intensely to heat water. This can result in clanking or knocking sounds, as well as bigger energy bills.
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 pick between tankless water heaters and tank models. Here are some of the key differences.
Tank water heaters are the most common model. They have a dedicated supply of hot water, which is useful 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 regularly than a tankless model.
Tankless water heaters are used for their energy efficiency since they heat water on demand. Because they are without a tank, they can be installed in convenient 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 important to note they’re typically 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, installing 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 simple monthly cost, you’ll get a brand new one installed at no surprise 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 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 ready to help however we can.
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