What Rust on the Base of Your Water Heater is a Sign of

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

Rust can form in various places on your water heater and can be the result of leaky connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank can be evidence of a more complicated problem. We suggest calling a professional like Barlow Service Experts to determine if the tank’s interior liner has corroded. This appears after the anode rod fails. When functioning normally, the anode rod filters impurities from the water.

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

Here are some other signs that your water heater is beginning to fail.

4 Signs You Should Schedule Water Heater Replacement

While your water heater can’t share exactly when it’s going to break, these are obvious signs that it’s about to happen.

1. Age

A well-maintained water heater generally lasts for close to 10 years. If yours is close to 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 not having 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. Less Hot Water

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

4. Abnormal Sounds

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

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

Our qualified plumbers will share what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When considering 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 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 sizeable 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 prized for their energy efficiency since they heat water when directed to. Because they don’t have a tank, they can be hidden in tight 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 helpful to note they’re typically more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be offset by rebates since quite a few models are ENERGY STAR® rated.

Trust Barlow Service Experts 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 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 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 opportunity to replace your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s changing needs.**

To learn the details about our process for water heater replacement in the Wasatch Front region, give us a call at 801-436-8985 today. Our Experts are happy 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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