Water heaters are built to last for quite a while, but they are not invincible. If you want to get the most out of your water heater, you need to be aware of the kinds of problems that threaten to shorten its lifespan. Otherwise, you may find yourself replacing the system far sooner than you thought you would. Let’s take a look at some of the problems that can lead to water heater replacement.
Rust is a huge threat to the health of the water heater, especially those of the storage tank variety. The most dangerous area that rust can affect is the storage tank, as this could lead to widespread structural weakness and eventual rupture. The anode rod protects the tank, though, unless it is not replaced on time. Far more common are leaks borne of rust in other areas, like the circulator pump or one of the many valves that regulate the system. If you spot rust anywhere on your heat pump, even if it doesn’t seem to be in a critical area, you should call for repairs as soon as possible.
Hard water is a threat to any part of your plumbing system, including your water heater. If lime scale is allowed to form throughout the water heater system, and it isn’t caught in time, it can harden. This makes it almost impossible to remove without damaging the pipe that it is attached to, which obviously causes huge problems for your water heater. If you have reason to suspect that your water heater has lime scale in it, have a professional examine it right away.
SPS Mechanical Inc. offers water heater repair and replacement services throughout Haddonfield, NJ. If you need water heater services of any kind, call today to schedule an appointment with one of our plumbers.