Causes of Water Heater Failure


Off the top of your head, could you give reasons why water heaters fail and would you know what to do about it?

If not, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the major causes of water heater failure and signs that it’s time for repair:

What Causes Water Heater Failure?

1.     Lack of inspections

When is the last time you have inspected your water heater and checked for any signs of damage? Failure to regularly check on your water heater is one of the top reasons why they fail.

People often miss the signs that their water heater needs maintenance because they don’t examine the heaters as often as they should.

2.     Corrosion

Water heaters have anode rods, which help to remove corrosion away from the tank. When these rods are not replaced, they can deteriorate. This means that your tank will no longer be able to keep corrosion away.

3.     Sediment

When hard water is heated, sediment can build up at the bottom of the tank and clog water passages. Regular flushing and cleaning of the tank can prevent sediment from blocking these passages.

4.     Improper sizing

Do you have the proper sized water heater for your water usage? You don’t want a water heater that is too small for the amount of water you use. Improper sized heaters can cause them to break down from being required to do more than it’s capable of.

5.     High water pressure

It’s not recommended to go above 80 psi for water heater pressure. High water pressure can cause the tank and associated water appliances to burst or become damaged.

6.     Old age

Water heaters usually last for at least 10 years. If you’ve had a water heater for over 10 years, it’s possible that it may not last too much longer.

Signs your water heater is failing

If you notice any of these signs, your water heater will need maintenance or possible replacement:

  • Rusty water
  • Loud cracking or popping noises coming from the heater
  • Water is leaking from or surrounding the tank
  • You have no hot water or water will only get warm and not hot
  • Your heater needs constant repairs one after another

At Allied Insurance Managers, we believe in making sure you are always knowledgeable about things that are important for you to know.

We know these water heater failure causes and signs will help you ensure your water heater is working properly.

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