Hot water heater issues are a fact of life for any homeowner. As your hot water heater ages, the more likely it is that you’ll see problems occur.

One of the main culprits to any hot water heater is build up of sediment and minerals inside your tank. This build up can cause a number of problems, some of which are easier to fix or avoid than others.

We live in a throw away world. Once something gets old, we replace it with something new. Because of this mentality, it’s easy to forget how or when to maintain items in our home that aren’t designed to be quickly or easily replaced. Your hot water heater is one of these items.

This article will give a general overview of issues, but for more in depth coverage of hot water heater problems, view this post.

Hot water heater issues can be avoided by flushing your water heater of sediment every six to twelve months. This will eliminate sediment build-up at the bottom of your tank, which can lead to noises, poor efficiency, and, if left unchecked, the failure of your heating coils.

The greatest concern for your hot water heater comes when the lining of the heater’s walls begin to corrode. To prevent this, your water heater is equipped with sacrificial anodes. As the name suggests, these sacrificial anodes rust from the minerals and sediment in your water instead of the lining of your water heater tank. However, the effectiveness of the sacrificial anode is limited. Many people overlook replacing these anodes and cause the premature failure of their water heater tank.

The biggest hot water heater problem is a damaged or leaking water tank. Once this happens you are out of repair or maintenance options and will need to replace your hot water heater. Make sure that you call a licensed, professional plumber to come in and do the job. He or she can help you choose a newer, more energy efficient model and will make sure that the job is completed according to your local building code.

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