What Steps to Take When Your Water Heater is Rusting Underneath

Your water heater runs best with steady maintenance from an expert plumber. This annual service gives you the time to respond quickly and resolve common 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 ill-fitted connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank can be evidence of a more complicated problem. We suggest hiring a professional like Rob's Albertan Service Experts to determine if the tank’s interior liner has rusted. This occurs after the anode rod fails. When operating like it’s supposed to, the anode rod pushes out impurities from the water.

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

Here are several other signs that your water heater is on its way out.

4 Clues You Should Schedule Water Heater Replacement

While your water heater can’t inform you exactly when it’s going to shut down, these are typical signs that it’s going out.

1. Age

A well-maintained water heater typically survives for about 10 years. If yours is approaching this age or older, it’s a wise idea to consider 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 corroding. 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 could also stain your bathroom fixtures.

3. Decreased Hot Water

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 minimal use, it’s time to get an upgrade.

4. Weird Sounds

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

Tankless Water Heaters vs. Tank? What’s Right for My Home?

Our trusted plumbers will offer their opinion on 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 choice. 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 big and constantly heating water, which is less energy efficient. And with a life span of about 12 years, they must be replaced much sooner than a tankless model.

Tankless Water Heaters

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

Call Rob's Albertan Service Experts for Excellent 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 added cost. There’s no down payment or large initial expense, and you’ll get to include 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 replace 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 Edmonton, give us a call at 780-800-9047 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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