What Rust Underneath Your Water Heater Indicates

Your water heater works best with steady maintenance from an experienced plumber. This annual service gives you the chance to respond quickly and resolve possible problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters.

Rust can take root 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 hiring a professional like Service Experts Commercial HVAC to learn if the tank’s interior liner has rusted. This appears after the anode rod fails. When working like it’s supposed to, the anode rod removes impurities from the water.

When your tank has rusted, it’s a good idea to schedule water heater replacement. Otherwise, you risk having your home flooded with gallons of water when the tank fails.

Here are a small number of other signs that your water heater is on its way out.

4 Signs You Need Water Heater Replacement

While your water heater can’t tell you exactly when it’s going to break, these are telltale signs that it’s going out.

1. Age

A dependable water heater generally survives for around 10 years. If yours is close to this age or older, it’s a good idea to look into replacing it even if it’s still working. That way, you can avoid losing out on 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 may taste strange or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t necessarily harmful, it affects your water quality and can also stain your bathroom fixtures.

3. Less Hot Water

Your water heater should deliver ample 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 new one.

4. Weird Sounds

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

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

Our well-trained plumbers will discuss what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When thinking about 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

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 large and constantly heating water, which is less energy efficient. And with a life span of about 12 years, they must be replaced more often than a tankless model.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are preferred for their energy efficiency since they heat water when directed to. Because they are without a tank, they can be installed in smaller spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As another bonus, they frequently last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s wise to note they’re typically more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be balanced with rebates since several models are ENERGY STAR® rated.

Call Service Experts Commercial HVAC for Excellent Water Heater Replacement

Hot water heater replacement cost isn’t cheap. In fact, connecting 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 low monthly cost, you’ll receive 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 option to swap your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s growing needs.**

To learn more about our process for water heater replacement in Toronto, give us a call at 289-201-2346 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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