What It Means When Your Water Heater Has a Rusty Bottom

Your water heater runs best with regular maintenance from a professional plumber. This annual service gives you the time to notice quickly and take care of common problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters.

Rust can appear in various places on your water heater and can be the result of ill-fitted connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank might be signs of a more complicated problem. We would advise calling a professional like Neal Harris Service Experts to discover if the tank’s interior liner has corroded. 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 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 a few other signs that your water heater is beginning to fail.

4 Signs You Call for 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 beginning.

1. Age

A dependable water heater generally lasts for close to 10 years. If yours is close to this age or older, it’s a wise 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 odd or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t always harmful, it affects your water quality and might also stain your bathroom fixtures.

3. Decreased Hot Water

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

4. Strange Sounds

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

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

Our experienced plumbers will share what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When looking into hot water heater replacement, they’ll help you decide between tankless water heaters and tank models. Here are a few 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 ideal 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 prized for their energy efficiency since they heat water when directed to. Because they are without a tank, they can be squeezed in smaller spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an extra bonus, they generally 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.

Call Neal Harris Service Experts for Quality Water Heater Replacement

Hot water heater replacement cost isn’t cheap. In fact, installing 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 simple monthly cost, you’ll get 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 ability to adjust 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 Kansas City, give us a call at 816-787-0500 today. Our Experts are ready 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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