What Rust Underneath Your Water Heater Indicates

Your water heater performs best with consistent maintenance from an expert plumber. This annual service gives you the time to respond quickly and take care of likely problems. One such issue is a rusty bottom on tank water heaters.

Rust can take root in different places on your water heater and could be the result of leaky connections. But rust on the bottom of your water heater’s tank could be pointing to a more complicated problem. We would advise calling a professional like Peitz Service Experts to determine if the tank’s interior liner has degraded. This appears after the anode rod fails. When functioning normally, 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 some other signs that your water heater is on its way out.

4 Clues You Call for Water Heater Replacement

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

1. Age

A quality water heater typically lives for around 10 years. If yours is approaching this age or older, it’s a smart idea to look into replacing it even if it’s still working. That way, you can avoid not having 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 might taste unusual or stain your clothes when you wash them. While rust isn’t especially harmful, it affects your water quality and could also stain your bathroom fixtures.

3. Less Hot Water

Your water heater should transport ample hot water, even if you’re showering and washing clothes at the same time. If you find yours is struggling even with minimal use, it’s time to get a replacement.

4. Odd Sounds

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

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

Our experienced plumbers will recommend what’s best for your specific needs and your home. When thinking about 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 useful 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 told. Because they don’t have a tank, they can be tucked away in cozy spaces, like under your sink or in a closet. As an added bonus, they usually last twice as long as a tank model. However, it’s wise 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.

Depend on Peitz 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, especially 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 be entitled to 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 option 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 Pierre, give us a call at 605-223-0307 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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