Like any other device in your home, the water heater requires frequent maintenance to ensure the appliance functions optimally. Sediment usually comes from minerals and debris in the water that occludes the pipe supply and damages the water heater. Although residue does not make the water unsafe, it may result in the corrosion of the tank, pipes, and heater.
As the trusted provider of water heater repair in Pasadena, MD, we at Priority Plumbing & Drain have helped countless clients repair their heaters from the ill effects of sediment buildup.
Reduced Heating Efficiency
Magnesium and calcium are the most notorious minerals contributing to sediment accumulation in your water heater. These two minerals usually form an insulating barrier between the tank and heating elements, resulting in inconsistent water heating. You will notice that water coming from your heater is too hot or too cold due to the reduced water heating efficiency. The sediment buildup would cause an increase in energy bills because the heating elements would require more energy to heat the same amount of water. This is why it is important to have regular tanked or tankless water heater maintenance.
Water Heater Damage
Minerals like calcium usually form deposits in water heater tanks–which is why a tankless water heater is a much preferable option. This results in the development of corrosion. Long-time exposure of the water heater to corrosive minerals like magnesium will shorten the appliance’s lifetime, making you would need more frequent repairs and replacements of the water heaters than usual.
Mineral buildup accelerates the corrosion process and causes leaks to spring up. The leaks in your tank will make it difficult to heat the water and result in higher water bills. Contact a certified plumber to conduct a repair procedure or a full water heater replacement, depending on the severity of the damage.
If you suspect that your water heater is malfunctioning, turn to Priority Plumbing & Drain. Our staff has years of experience in water heater installation and repairs and we prioritize client satisfaction. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!