No one can imagine a life without a functioning water heater in the chilly winters of Arizona. But most homeowners never think about water heaters until they break down. Unfortunately, the most important household appliance gets the least attention. This is one of the top reasons why water heaters fail, but there are many other reasons too. Read on to find out some of the most common reasons why water heaters fail.
Almost all water heaters are made of metal. Over time, when metal reacts with water, rust forms on the water heater. To avoid this problem, anode rods are placed inside the water heater. These are metal rods made up of highly reactive metal which reacts with water and oxygen to prevent your water heater from damage and rust. They are also known as sacrificial rods, because they get consumed while protecting the body of the water heater.
Usually, the lifespan of anode rods is 5 years and they need to be replaced after that. Most homeowners fail to replace anode rods on time. As a result, the rust which initially corrodes the anode rods begins to affect the storage tank and your water heater. Eventually, the water heater breaks down.
To prevent this damage and the potential breakdown of water heater, it is a good idea to get your anode rods checked at least once every year by a professional plumber. They can analyze the condition of your anode rod, and can replace them well in time.
Buildup of Sediment
When the water is heated, the mineral deposits separate from water and settle at the bottom of the water heater. Overtime, when the deposit continues, sediment can build up in the water heater. This is a very common problem in all water heaters. But the problem is worse in Arizona, where the water supply is extremely hard. The water contains high amounts of minerals and heavy metals which can deposit in the water heater. This not only reduces the efficiency of the appliance but can eventually damage the water heater.
To help prevent damage to your water heater, it is recommended that you flush your water heater at least once a year. You can do it yourself, but it is best to seek the services of a professional plumber.
High Water Pressure
Water heaters are designed to handle a certain amount of water pressure. If the water pressure in your pipes is too high, it can damage the water heater as well as other plumbing fixtures. Ideally, the water pressure on your water heater should not be more than 80 psi. If the pressure is higher, you can replace the temperature and pressure relief valve that is attached to your water heater. This will help in managing the water pressure and eventually save your water heater.
Water heaters rely on air which supports combustion and subsequent heating of water. In case of contaminated, poor quality air, the combustion process taking place inside the water heater can release gases which can be harmful for your water heater. Though you cannot significantly improve the air quality in your home or city, you can certainly keep corrosive substances away from your water heaters. This includes bleach and ammonia.
Inappropriate Size of the Water Heater
Different sizes of water heaters are designed to cater to the varying needs of different people and homes. For larger families where more hot water is required, you need to invest in a bigger water heater. But in case where water heaters are too small to meet the water requirements, they need to work harder. This overuse can lead to breakdown of water heaters.
So before you invest in a water heater, it is a good idea to discuss your water consumption with a plumber. Based on your information, they can help you find the most suitable water heater according to your needs.
Lack of Inspection and Maintenance
The average lifespan of a typical water heater is between 10 and 15 years. But the life of a water heater can be increased significantly by carrying out routine inspection and maintenance. Regular inspection and maintenance by a professional plumbing company will help you identify and fix all the problems related to water heaters before the equipment breaks down.
Age of the Water Heater
As mentioned earlier, the average life of a water heater is between 10 and 15 years. Though regular maintenance can increase the life, it can only do so to a certain extent. There will come a point where the damage to your water heater cannot be repaired and you will need a new water heater. If your water heater is towards the end of its life span, it is a good idea to replace it with a newer, more efficient water heater.
If you are not sure about the right type of water heater for your home, you can contact a professional plumber. They can help you in making the right choice of water heater for your home.
In Case Your Water Heater Breaks Down
In case your water heater breaks down and you need water heater repair or replacement, contact Mesa Plumbing Company. We provide all sorts of repair and service of top electric and gas water heater brands. From repair and relocation to replacement, we provide all water heater related facilities at the most affordable rates 24/7. Our dedicated staff will not only help you choose the best water heater for your home but will guide you at each step from selection to installation, inspection and maintenance. To know more about our services, visit our website or call now at 480-832-1660.