Water heaters tend to be one of those home appliances that go largely unnoticed and un-maintained until a huge problem arises. From flooded basements to cold showers, here are just a few of the hazards of putting off replacing your old water heater .
A typical water heater has a life expectancy of around seven to 10 years. If your unit is approaching this age, you should start scheduling regular inspections in order to avoid a flooded basement, garage, or home, depending on the appliance’s placement. Gradual corrosion usually determines a water heater’s life expectancy. Over time, minerals naturally contained in water can eat away at the unit’s tank, causing leaks.
The same minerals that corrode a water heater’s tank also tend to build up in the bottom of a unit over time. This sediment buildup is a common cause of water heater problems such as a sudden lack of hot water while taking a shower. Scheduling regular water heater maintenance is a good way to avoid sediment buildup. A plumber will empty your water heater and flush out any accumulated sediment, all while inspecting your unit for other problems.
Gas Leaks and Explosions
Though exceedingly rare, every so often, a home fire or explosion may stem from a hot water heater. Fires can occur when vapor from your unit leaks into the air, igniting when the flame kicks on. Explosions are more common among older water heaters, which lack the thick protector seals of new units. If you’re concerned about an explosion or fire risk, talk to your plumber.
With emergency 24-hour plumbing services available, All Plumbing, Inc. is here when you need us. We provide highly respected plumbing and water heater repair services to homeowners in Arlington and throughout Northern Virginia. Call (703) 525-7973 to set up an appointment today.