What Things to Do When Your Water Heater is Rusty on Its Base

Your water heater works best with consistent maintenance from an experienced 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 form in various places on your water heater and can be the result of loose connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank could be signs of a more complicated problem. We recommend calling a professional like McKinley Heating Service Experts to determine if the tank’s interior liner has rusted. This occurs after the anode rod fails. When operating normally, the anode rod filters impurities from the water.

When your tank has rust, 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 a few other signs that your water heater is breaking down.

4 Clues You Need Water Heater Replacement

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

1. Age

A quality water heater typically survives for about 10 years. If yours is approaching this age or older, it’s a wise idea to look into 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 unpleasant or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t especially harmful, it affects your water quality and can also stain your bathroom fixtures.

3. Reduced Hot Water

Your water heater should deliver 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 low use, it’s time to get an upgrade.

4. Strange Sounds

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

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

Our expert plumbers will recommend 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 a number of the key differences.

Tank Water Heaters

Tank water heaters are the most common model. 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 don’t have a tank, they can be placed in convenient spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an extra bonus, they usually last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s good to note they’re typically more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be offset by rebates since many models are ENERGY STAR® rated.

Trust McKinley Heating Service Experts for Excellent Water Heater Replacement

Hot water heater replacement cost isn’t cheap. In fact, putting in 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 be entitled to 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 option to replace your water heater tank size or style based on your family’s changing needs.**

To learn the details about our process for water heater replacement in Edmonton, give us a call at 780-800-7092 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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