Buildup can lessen hot water available in your home
One of the most common problems water heaters encounter is the accumulation of sediment. This is solid material that settles to the bottom of the tank, and includes minerals such as calcium carbonate or even sand from your water main or well.
If you have a filtered city water supply and soft water, then you may not get a great deal of sediment buildup. A water heater that has only a small amount of sediment should be able to continue to work reliably for several years. However, if you do have a lot of sediment, it can lessen the amount of hot water that is available for your home. Sediment can also rob your water heater of efficiency and clog the drain valve. An excessive amount of sediment can also cause the bottom of your tank to overheat, damaging its lining, weakening its steel, and possibly burning the heating element in electric units.
Regular flushing of the tank can increase the lifespan of your water heater by removing sediment, as can installing a whole-home water softener system. However, if your water heater is showing signs of corrosion due to excess sediment you’ll need to seriously consider a replacement.
Call Arnett’s Plumbing today to learn about alternatives to traditional tank-style water heaters!