There are various reasons due to which your water heater might be dying. Some of these reasons are apparent and visible while others are not so obvious.

1. Neglect
This is the number one cause for most households facing a water heater crisis. Most people buy them, install them and then forget about them. It shouldn’t be that way. You should check your water heater on a periodic basis. Mark your scheduler or calendar so that you don’t end up neglecting your water heater.Also, checking your heater on a regular basis will keep you aware about the leaks, if there are any in your heater. Neglecting leaks on a constant basis will lead to rust and this will destroy your heater over time.2. Internal Rust
Sacrificial anodes are good at protecting the insides of your water heater from rusting, but they get used up as they function. Failing to replace them on time will eventually lead to your water heater rusting, and then even a powered anode will fail to save your tank.

It’s worth remembering that often water softeners speed up the anode consumption. Under normal circumstances, you can wait until the warranty of your water heater is over before you open it up.

If you have a water softener installed, then it is better to check your warranty every one or two years. The powered anode is another good option for individuals with a water softener installed as it does not gets used up and does not need to be replaced.

3. Sediment Buildup
Sediment buildup occurs when hard water is heated. It usually builds up in the bottom of the water heater and it insulates the bottom of the tank from the protection of the anode. This also causes the bottom of the water heater to overheat and melt away the glass lining in gas water heaters.

Too much of sediment buildup can also lead to void warranties in commercial heaters.

4. High Water Pressure
High water pressure can damage your water heater. A lot of households have their water heaters ruined as they don’t check the water pressure. The water pressure gauge is right at the drain of many water heaters, and it should be used to check the pressure. Remember, anything above 80 PSI will damage your water heater, piping, and appliances. If you have high water pressure, then you should get a pressure reducing valve and also an expansion tank. An expansion tank will protect your heater from thermal expansion, which occurs when a heater fires up in a closed system and nobody is using the hot water.

The above points should be kept in mind the next time you give you water heater a check. If it’s been too long, then you should get in touch with an experienced plumbing agency and see to it that you water heater is maintained and continues to function at utmost efficiency.


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