What Causes My Water Heater To Fail?

A water heater failing and leaking can be the result of poor conditions, and while it may sound like a rare occurrence, the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) lists it as one of the top five sources of residential water damage. IBHS has found that after the deductible, damages resulting from a burst water heater can cost as much as $5,000 on average.

Why Does It Happen?

Per IBHS, 69% of water heater failures stem from sudden bursts or slow leaks, so it is crucial to take keep an eye out for the potential problems. Taking a look at some of the more common reasons for this is crucial to keeping your water heater in good working order.

  • Corrosion – Due to its high iron consistency, the steel used for heater tanks are extremely susceptible to rust since they are always full of water. You may notice your water coming out brown if the tank is beginning to rust.
  • High Pressure – It is very easy for pressure to build in your tank, which will result in the heater springing a leak and bursting. This pressure can be avoided by not setting the temperature higher than 125 degrees. A lower temperature will keep the pressure down and save on heating costs as well.
  • Sediment Accumulation – Hard water contains minerals and as time passes they settle at the bottom of the tank. Unfortunately, they block the burner resulting in the plate needing to burn hotter to be effective. This unnecessary overheating is detrimental to your tank and will destroy it over time.

Keeping Your Water Heater Safe

There are many things which can go wrong with your heater and when the worst strikes the cost can be substantial. The best way to avoid such damage to your water heater is through proper maintenance. Having a plumber perform a periodic checkup is a smart way to prevent future problems from arising. At Jeff’s Kitchen Bath & Beyond, we offer top-notch Orlando plumbing services to residents as quality is one of our top priorities.

When searching for an Orlando plumber, look no further than Jeff’s. Keep your water heater in check by calling 407-968-1801 today for your free estimate.

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