What Can Cause Your Water Heater to Fail

Water heaters are an integral part of your plumbing system. Water heaters are the only source of hot or warm water that you have in your house, making them invaluable to the needs of everyday living. When yours starts to go out or have issues, it can be a cold nightmare until it is back up and running.

When a water heater fails, fixing the root cause will ensure that there aren’t issues with the new one you have installed.

  • Internal Rust—A water heater has sacrificial anodes or metal rods that help to prevent corrosion and rust around the metal they protect. As the name implies, they will eventually fail due to corrosion and rust after a period of time, meaning you’ll need to replace them or get a new water heater.
  • Sediment Buildup—Heated water causes minerals to be separated away. These minerals will eventually settle at the bottom of the heater tank, reducing the overall efficiency and causing damage over a period of time. Hard water is especially damaging to water heaters because of the sediment that it carries.
  • Wrong Size—There are many different sizes of water heaters that match the size of the house. You won’t have a size issue with an oversized water heater, but a water heater that is too small may eventually give out because of overuse.

Talk to an Expert About Your Water Heater

Whether you are buying a new water heater or need your current water heater serviced, Rivers Plumbing Heating and Air can help you. We can replace, repair, or flush out the water heater of your home and give you options to prevent damaging your water heater in the long run. Reach out to talk to an expert today.

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