4 Factors That Can Kill Your Water Heater
Nobody wants to buy a hot water system and then expect it to be damaged after only a couple of years or less on usage. A water heater has an average life span of about 10 years, eight years at the least and 12 years at maximum. It may add more cost to your expenditures if the heater dies long before it could reach its expected age of departure.
No matter how busy a person you are, you need to treat your water heater as a pet, albeit non-living, and check if it is still doing well from the outside and the inside on a regular basis. You also have to get to know its potential enemies and keep it away from those things.
Who wants to buy a water heater, good for at least eight years of usage, and pay double because the first one was irreversibly damaged after only four years since its installation? Everybody, even corporate leaders, wants to save as much budget as they can.
Here are the most common enemies that may lead to premature death of any hot water system:
- Too High Water Pressure
Everything that goes way beyond its average capacity may find the risk of a sudden, shattering fall. Never be discontented with only the average and recommended heat a machine can do and offer to you.
Remember that you are not using the water heater to stew a hard slice of raw beef or to boil someone alive. You do not need water too hot that anyone who bathes in it would literally get second-degree burns, right? If so, then control the water pressure or see for yourself how your water-heating friend dies slowly for you to buy another one.
Make sure the water pressure gauge, which is usually placed near the drain valve, shows the pressure is only between 60 and 80 psi (pound per square inch). If it goes beyond 80, turn it off. You may need a pressure reducing valve and an expansion tank to protect the heater from damage caused by sudden or unintended rising of water pressure.
- Accumulating Sediment
Also known internationally as scale, the sediment looks like solidified but brittle sand formation that usually builds up at the bottom part of the water heater. While deemed sometimes as natural reaction of the heater to insulate its bottom part during intense heat, the sediment also causes blockage and overheating.
Experts also point out that the brittle matter could also melt the glass lining in some gas water heater, leading to damage. If the machine is also found to have a huge amount of sediment clogged at its bottom, some service centres automatically void the heater’s warranty.
- Destructive Fumes
Water heaters, like humans, need to breathe. They have to draw air so that the significant process of combustion will be completed. Destructive fumes like bleaches and other cleaning solutions may not do well to heaters if these are stored close to the machine. Once the heater draws in air mixed with ammonia or acid, its tank may eventually corrode, leading to premature tank failure.
Let your water heater breathe well.
In a shorter word: Neglect. This is actually the most dangerous enemy a water killer can have. After reading this article, don’t just go back to your water heater and check it only once this time. Check its condition regularly and you will never go the wrong way.