What To Do When Your Water Heater Is Rusted

closeup of a rusty and leaking water heater

As your water heater ages, you may notice evidence of rust. This is almost to be expected when water and metal are constantly in contact. While routine maintenance can help prevent this issue, rust can still plague your water heater over time. If you see rust, don’t panic. Rust does not automatically mean your water heater needs replacing.

Instead, call the pros at Blind & Sons to provide you with superior water heater service throughout Northeast Ohio. We’ll help you determine whether your water heater can be repaired or is time for a new system.

If you notice rust on your water heater, call the experts at Blind & Sons at (330) 753-7711 or contact us online!

Where Does Rust Form on Water Heaters?

The location of rust on your water heater can often give you an indication as to how serious the issue is. While rust along the heat exchanger or top of the tank can often be solved with water heater repairs, rust in the water, along the tank, or in the heater’s pressure relief valve are usually signs that your system needs to be replaced entirely. 

Causes of Water Heater Corrosion

There are many causes of water heater corrosion, including:

  • Old age: Most water heaters only last about 10 years, and as they age, the tank’s protective lining can wear down and result in rust
  • Lack of maintenance: Water heaters that are not frequently drained and flushed can corrode more quickly, and without regular inspections, failed anode rods or improper water pressure can go unnoticed until it causes severe corrosion.
  • Leaks in water supply lines: Loose connections can allow water to drip and result in rust on the exterior of your tank.
  • Reactions to combustion gas: Components of your system, like the pressure relief valve or heat exchanger, are sensitive to the water vapor in combustion gasses, resulting in rust.
  • Failed anode rod: Your anode rod sacrifices itself by rusting instead of your water heater, but when it fails, rust can begin forming on your tank’s inside walls.

Solutions for Water Heater Corrosion

To solve some of these common issues, a professional technician can provide a variety of solutions, including: 

  • Checking for leaking connections and providing repaired
  • Inspecting your heat exchanger and pressure relief valve and replacing them if necessary
  • Replacing a faulty anode rod
  • Perform routine maintenance with our MVP Program to reduce the likelihood of rust and repairs
  • Providing a full water heater replacement service

Call for a Blind & Sons Professional

If you’re struggling with rust on your water heater, don’t delay. With prompt service from Blind & Sons, we’ll work to provide you with the necessary repairs to keep your water heater running, and if it’s beyond repair, we provide seamless replacement services.

At Blind & Sons, we’ve had more than 80 years in the industry serving Northeast Ohio, and with our 100% satisfaction guarantee and unmatched warranties, we’re sure to meet your needs and exceed your expectations. 

Unsure if the rust on your water heater means it’s time for a replacement? Get honest advice and expertise from the pros at Blind & Sons today by calling (330) 753-7711 or contacting us online!

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