Why does the Element in my Water Heater Keep Failing?


Reasons for Failing Water Heater


It is one of the most common causes of water heater failure. The sacrificial anode is a rod that prevents corrosion of the metal inside the heater. However, over time, the anode begins to corrode and must be replaced. They usually last for several years. However, it is recommended to check the sacrificial anode at least once a year to make sure it is in good condition. If the rod wear appears to have worsened, it is time to replace the rod before the water can seriously damage the radiator.

Bad water pressure

Too high water pressure can cause serious damage to water heaters, appliances, and even plumbing systems. The best way to find this problem is to check your hot water system for leaks. Change the pressure in case of overflow. As a general rule, the maximum pressure should be 80 psi. If the problem persists, update the system pressure relief valve.

Old Heater 

Typically, the lifespan of a water heater can be up to 12 years. After this period, they usually start to disintegrate. Warning signs that indicate the heater needs replacing include flashing lights, rust issues, and unstable heat levels. Replacing your water heater is a great opportunity to switch to an energy-saving system that will save you money in the long run.

Electrical connection failure

 If you suspect the radiator is not working before replacing the system, check to see where the problem is coming from. Often the problem is not with the heating, but with the electrical connection. For electric heaters, the problem may be a blown fuse or a damaged power cord. Or, if the heating is gas, there may be no gas.

Loosened pieces

Loose nuts or bolts can prevent the hot water system from working properly. One way to check this is to make sure the heater element bolts are not leaking. Tighten the bolts and nuts first. However, if the problem persists, contact a professional  plumber immediately. Most major problems can be avoided if caught early.

Broken thermostat(heating element)

If the heating element in the system is OK, but the hot water is not working, check the thermostat. This switch or disconnect or may be damaged. Replacement is very simple and inexpensive, but it is better to have it checked by a specialist and a thermostat installed.

Mineral accumulation

As minerals build up in the heating system, the heating element can be gradually damaged. This is because the ore can solidify, encapsulate the elements and work harder to heat the water. This gradually wears out and shortens the life of the heating system. To avoid this, turn off the heating and drain the water tank every few months. It’s a simple way to prevent mineral buildup and keep your heating system healthy and efficient.

Leaking water tank

Is there water under the water tank? Corrosion in the water tank can cause cracks or cracks. A water leak from the water tank is an obvious sign of a malfunction and the water heater should be replaced. If not replaced immediately, the water heater could leak and overwhelm the whole family.

If the leak is from the TPR valve, it may be due to over pressure or overheating in the tank.

How to fix

If the water tank leaks badly, turn off the water supply at the water shut-off valve. This is only a temporary fix, but it will at least stop flooding your basement (not to mention that a gallon of water is wasted).

If the leak is from the water tank rather than the valve, the water tank liner may corrode due to sediment buildup, aging, or neglect. The water heater tank must be replaced.

If the leak is from the TPR valve, you should contact a professional plumber to make sure the water tank does not overheat. good news? In most cases, only the valve element needs to be replaced, not the entire reservoir.

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Things to remember

There are a few things you can check and fix yourself, but hot water systems are dangerous. These are pressurized water tanks filled with boiling water and can only be inspected and repaired by experienced professionals. The best way to keep your system in good condition is to make sure there are no leaks or rust and to make a few small changes to keep the system in good condition. Also, if you have any major problems, you should see the repair water heater as soon as possible. Leaks and heating problems are immediately exacerbated.

Author Bio:- Karl Brown

Karl, a marketing manager at EZ Leak Detection, loves to write about plumbing and HVAC services to make the life of the reader easier. Leakages in your property can be dangerous but not all the leaks are easily accessible. He has given extensive information about water leak and slab leak and tips to detect them quickly along with quick solutions to prevent you from inconveniences and health hazards. 

Leakage problems and malfunction of appliances demand comprehensive solutions. Also, regular maintenance is not the thing to be missed for leading life with zero hassles. Read our recent post related to leakage detection and repair, alerts for HVAC shutdown and how to repair it, and installation of AC and water heater in San Diego.

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About the Author: Peter Beaumont

Peter Beaumont is a senior reporter on the Guardian's Global Development desk. He has reported extensively from conflict zones including Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East and is the author of The Secret Life of War: Journeys Through Modern Conflict. Email: peter@thehearus.com