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3 Water Heater Issues That Spell Trouble

water-heater-repairYour water heater will work consistently without much trouble—most homeowners tend to forget it’s even there at all.

But if you seem to be having trouble with your hot water all of a sudden, there’s a strong chance it could be due to one of these three things:

1. Leaks

It may not come as a surprise that the storage tank is vital to your storage tank water heater. If the tank springs a leak, it won’t be able to function.

What might be surprising, however, is that there’s no way to fix this issue short of replacing the entire unit. That’s why there are so many defensive measures placed in the water heater, designed specifically to reduce the chance of a leak occurring.

The anode rod is one example. This metal rod is placed into the tank and will attract corrosive elements toward it, sacrificing itself for the sake of preventing leaks. The anode rod will need to be replaced after about five years, however, so make sure to have it checked during maintenance.

Of course, make sure that your leak is an actual leak from the body of the water heater. There are many times where homeowners have called for help with their plumbing in Oxnard, CA just to find that their “leak” was nothing more than the result of a loose fitting or a bad case of condensation.

2. Inaccurate Thermostat

If your hot water is coming out much hotter or cooler than anticipated, there’s likely something wrong with the thermostat. This can create inaccurate readings and will heat water to the wrong temperature.

It’s especially important to have this issue fixed if the water is coming out too hot. A water heater set too high can scald you or a family member. In some extreme cases, temperatures set too high for too long can create too much pressure in the water heater, causing it to burst.

While water heaters are typically set to 140°F by the manufacturer, we recommend setting it to 120°F for safe usage. If your thermostat doesn’t seem to be responding to your changes, then it’s time for an inspection.

3. Sediment Buildup

This isn’t a problem as much as it’s a potential cause for many different problems. All water contains traces of minerals, and as it goes through the water heater, those minerals will separate and sink to the bottom of the tank. If sediment continues to build without being flushed from the tank annually, it can lead to several issues:

  • Pockets of heated air beneath sediment deposits can become hot enough to create a leak.
  • A thick layer of sediment acts as a barrier between the burners and the water itself, reducing efficiency and slowing the heating time.
  • Water pressure may be lowered when using hot water.

Another symptom of too much sediment is rumbling and crackling noises during operation. Although harmless, let it serve as a warning that you need your tank flushed as soon as possible!

If your water heater is showing signs of trouble, don’t hesitate to call in a professional. Contact Evans Plumbing Inc. today. Evans Plumbing at Your Door!

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