Rust Issues With Water Heaters

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Routine inspections and other services provided by a plumber in Mountain Brook, AL from Plumbing Professionals can keep your water heater working efficiently for many years. That said, there are some things that may be reason enough for repair or replacement – one of which is rust. Here’s what you need to know about rust issues with water heaters.

Anode Rods That Rust Away

Most water heaters have an anode rod that attracts certain properties in the water that goes into your unit. It’s also designed to rust in order to protect the lining of the tank, which helps extend the life of your water heater. However, you may need immediate water heater repair in Mountain Brook, AL if this rod has rusted away to prevent damage to other parts of the tank.

Rust and Tankless Units

A tankless water heater does not have an anode rod because it has no tank to protect. Even so, a tankless system can still be affected by rust issues. Specific parts of a tankless unit where rust may be present include:

  • The heat exchanger
  • Vent pipes
  • Connected water lines

How to Tell If You Have Rust Issues

The sooner you contact a plumber about rust issues with your water heater, the better. Reach out to us for water heater services if you are noticing:

  • Visible signs of rust around your tank
  • Rust-colored water coming from your faucets
  • Rust spots on connecting parts or on top of the tank

Resolving Water Heater Rust Problems

In some instances, a new water heater installation is the most appropriate and cost-effective way to deal with rust issues affecting your water heater. Other times, however, the problem may be resolved with a new anode rod or the replacement of the rusty parts or connections

If you need professional water heater replacement or similar services we offer, rest assured the team from Plumbing Professionals will get the job done right. If you prefer added peace of mind, give us a call to schedule a routine water heater checkup.

Contact us today for prompt, affordable solutions to your water heater concerns.

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