What Rust Underneath Your Water Heater Means

Your water heater works best with regular maintenance from a professional plumber. This annual service gives you the time to react quickly and resolve possible problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters.

Rust can form in various places on your water heater and could be the result of damaged connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank can be pointing to a more complex problem. We suggest contacting a professional like Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to find out if the tank’s interior liner has rusted. This happens after the anode rod fails. When working normally, the anode rod removes impurities from the water.

When your tank has corroded, it’s a good idea 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 breaking down.

4 Clues You Call for Water Heater Replacement

While your water heater can’t share exactly when it’s going to fail, these are typical signs that it’s going out.

1. Age

A quality water heater generally survives for around 10 years. If yours is approaching 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 not having 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 could taste strange or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t necessarily harmful, it affects your water quality and might also stain your bathroom fixtures.

3. Reduced Hot Water

Your water heater should produce enough hot water, even if you’re showering and washing clothes at the same time. If you discover yours is struggling even with less use, it’s time to get an upgrade.

4. Strange Sounds

When your water heater’s anode rod malfunctions, sediment collects in the tank. As a result, your water heater must work harder to heat water. This can lead to clanging or knocking sounds, as well as bigger energy bills.

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

Our expert plumbers will recommend what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When considering 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

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 preferred for their energy efficiency since they heat water when told. Because they lack a tank, they can be tucked away in tight spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As another bonus, they often last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s good to note they’re typically more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be replenished with rebates since many models are ENERGY STAR® rated.

Depend on Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for Outstanding Water Heater Replacement

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 low monthly cost, you’ll earn a brand new one installed at no surprise 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 flexibility to update 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 Gainesville, give us a call at 352-414-4006 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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