What It Means When Your Water Heater Has a Rusted

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

Rust can appear 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 could be signs of a more serious problem. We would advise contacting a professional like Levy & Son Service Experts to determine if the tank’s interior liner has corroded. This happens after the anode rod fails. When operating as usual, 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 breaks.

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

4 Hints You Need Water Heater Replacement

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

1. Age

A well-maintained water heater generally lives for around 10 years. If yours is approaching this age or older, it’s a good idea to look into replacing it even if it’s still in decent shape. 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 corroding. 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 might also stain your bathroom fixtures.

3. Decreased Hot Water

Your water heater should provide 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. Strange Sounds

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

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

Our expert plumbers will share what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When looking into 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 ideal 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 used for their energy efficiency since they heat water on demand. Because they are without a tank, they can be placed in smaller spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an added bonus, they generally last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s important to note they’re largely more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be offset by rebates since many models are ENERGY STAR® rated.

Trust Levy & Son 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, particularly if you want a tankless model.

That’s why we offer an Advantage Program™ for your water heater. For one single monthly cost, you’ll get a brand new one installed at no extra 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 replace your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s growing needs.**

To learn everything about our process for water heater replacement in Dallas, give us a call at 469-250-0932 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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