What Steps to Take When Your Water Heater is Rusty on the Bottom

Your water heater runs best with consistent maintenance from an expert plumber. This annual service gives you the opportunity to respond quickly and fix possible problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters.

Rust can take root in various places on your water heater and might be the result of loose connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank could be evidence of a more complex problem. We would advise hiring a professional like Winnipeg Supply Service Experts to determine if the tank’s interior liner has corroded. This occurs after the anode rod fails. When functioning normally, the anode rod filters impurities from the water.

When your tank has corroded, it’s a good idea 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 breaking down.

4 Signs You Should Schedule Water Heater Replacement

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

1. Age

A quality water heater typically survives for about 10 years. If yours is near this age or older, it’s a good 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 corroding. Your water may taste unusual or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t necessarily harmful, it affects your water quality and may 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 learn yours is struggling even with less use, it’s time to get an upgrade.

4. Odd 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 produce clanging or knocking sounds, as well as bigger energy bills.

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

Our well-trained plumbers will recommend what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When looking into hot water heater replacement, they’ll help you pick 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 useful 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 preferred for their energy efficiency since they heat water on demand. Because they lack a tank, they can be hidden in convenient spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an added bonus, they often 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.

Call Winnipeg Supply 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, 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 get a brand new one installed at no extra 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 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 Winnipeg, give us a call at 204-800-0613 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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