What Rust Underneath Your Water Heater Indicates

Your water heater does best with steady maintenance from an experienced plumber. This annual service gives you the time to notice quickly and take care of likely problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters.

Rust can form in various places on your water heater and may be the result of loose connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank might be evidence of a more complex problem. We suggest calling a professional like Pardee Service Experts to find out if the tank’s interior liner has corroded. This occurs after the anode rod fails. When functioning as usual, the anode rod pushes out 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 breaks.

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

4 Hints You Should Schedule Water Heater Replacement

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

1. Age

A dependable water heater typically survives for close to 10 years. If yours is approaching this age or older, it’s a wise idea to research replacing it even if it’s still running. 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 find yours is struggling even with minimal use, it’s time to get an upgrade.

4. Weird Sounds

When your water heater’s anode rod breaks, sediment builds up in the tank. As a result, your water heater must work more intensely to heat water. This can produce clanking or knocking sounds, as well as larger energy bills.

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

Our trusted plumbers will discuss what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When considering hot water heater replacement, they’ll help you choose between tankless water heaters and tank models. Here are some 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 better-suited 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 quickly 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 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 important to note they’re frequently more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be offset by rebates since quite a few models are ENERGY STAR® rated.

Depend on Pardee Service Experts for Quality 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 receive a brand new one installed at no added cost. There’s no down payment or large initial expense, and you’ll get to subtract 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 swap your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s changing needs.**

To learn everything about our process for water heater replacement in Charleston, give us a call at 843-410-6103 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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