What It Means When Your Water Heater Has a Rusty Bottom

Your water heater works best with routine maintenance from an expert plumber. This annual service gives you the time to react quickly and fix potential problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters.

Rust can form in several places on your water heater and might be the result of ill-fitted connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank might be evidence of a more serious problem. We suggest contacting a professional like Church Services to determine if the tank’s interior liner has rusted. This occurs after the anode rod fails. When working like it’s supposed to, the anode rod pushes out impurities from the water.

When your tank has corroded, it’s wise 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 beginning to fail.

4 Clues You Need Water Heater Replacement

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

1. Age

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

3. Reduced Hot Water

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

4. Weird Sounds

When your water heater’s anode rod breaks, sediment appears in the tank. As a result, your water heater must work longer 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 Residence?

Our well-trained plumbers will recommend what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When thinking about hot water heater replacement, they’ll help you decide 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 used for their energy efficiency since they heat water when directed to. Because they lack a tank, they can be placed in convenient 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 smart to note they’re largely more expensive than tank models. But this cost can be balanced with rebates since quite a few models are ENERGY STAR® rated.

Trust Church Services for Outstanding 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 get 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 adjust 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 Houston, give us a call at 713-396-3760 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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