- There are several reasons why a hot water heater might fail
- Water heaters are only designed to work between 10 and 15 years
- Make sure you install a water heater that can easily serve all your needs
In Salt Lake City and Park City when the temperatures drop and winter sets in you want to have hot water. Unfortunately, just like every other system in your home, your hot water heater can fail. If left untreated, you may end up with even bigger problems than an uncomfortable cold shower.
There are several reasons why a hot water heater might fail. Luckily, there are some things you can do to prevent this from happening. Here are some common reasons for failure and measures you can take to prevent it:
Water heaters are only designed to work between 10 and 15 years. If your heater is on the older side, it may simply be time to replace it. Fortunately, today’s models are energy-efficient and could save your money in the long run.
Sediment buildup is a common occurrence, especially if you have hard water. Minerals separate from the water when it is heated. This sediment settles on the bottom of the heater and eventually reduces the heater’s efficiency. The best way to avoid this problem is to flush out your water, removing all sediment, on a yearly basis.
Water heaters need to take in air in order for combustion to occur. If the air the heater draws from is corrosive or of very poor quality, it can corrode the tank, which leads to a faulty water heater. In order to prevent this from happening, keep corrosive chemicals such as bleach stored away from your water heater.
High Water Pressure
If the water pressure in your heater is too high, you may end up with a damaged water heater. Additionally, this could lead to pipe damage. Typically, you should set the water pressure no more than 80 psi to ensure safe operating.
Inside your water heater, there are highly active metal rods that help keep your water heater from rusting out. These rods are called Sacrificial Anodes. As the name suggests, these rods take on the rust and corrosion so that the important working mechanisms in your water heater do not rust or corrode. The Sacrificial Anodes should be checked annually and replaced when needed.
It’s important to make sure you have a big enough water heater. Your water heater provides hot water for all of the appliances and people in your home. If your water heater is too small, it will have to work overtime and may not be able to withstand the usage. Eventually your water heater will succumb to damage and failure. Do your research. Make sure you install a water heater that can easily serve all your needs.
Are you having trouble with you water heater? Do you need to install a new one? Call us today!