residential-water-heater“Comfort Bear, are you using a scare tactic?”

No, that is not my intention—but hear me out. Water heaters are one of those systems that we all suffer for if we go without, but take for granted the fact that we have them for cooking, cleaning, and bathing.

I may like it when temperatures outside are a bit on the chillier side, but cold showers early in the morning are not my favorite.

When you forget about your water heater, it means you’re forgetting about the care it needs. While your system isn’t inherently dangerous on its own, ignoring the need for maintenance or water heater repair can be hazardous. Here are 3 potential risks of neglecting your water heater.

1.     Corrosion

There’s a component within tank water heaters called the anode rod. It’s in charge of absorbing rust and corrosion. Your water heater also has a glass lining as an added layer against this rust.

If you see rust forming outside the water heater, or if your hot water taps are giving you reddish-brown tinted water, then, unfortunately, I’ve got to tell you that you’re likely looking at corrosion within your water heater.

Why is this dangerous? Because not only is rust-tinted water unhealthy to ingest, but it means your water heater can spring a pretty serious leak at any moment. This leads me to my second point…

2.     Leaks

To be fair, a leak coming from the water heater is a fairly common problem homeowners fact. And in the most ideal situation, it will be a leak that is easy-to-fix. It becomes a bigger problem, and potentially even hazardous, when it’s ignored or neglected for too long. There are a number of things that can cause this leak, and the source needs to be addressed. This includes:

  • A broken heating element. Not only your water but also your power needs to be shut off if you suspect this is the case. Wait for one of our professionals to come and take a look!
  • Rusty or corroded pipes. If you have an older home with aging pipes, corrosion is a very real risk. And corrosion leads way to possible leakage, plus subsequent property damage.
  • Pressure buildup. In rare cases, a leaking water heater can be a sign of water pressure building up until it has nowhere to go. While you probably would never have to worry about an explosion occurring, I’m sure you’d like the peace of mind that comes with one of our pros taking a look.

3.     Scalding

There has been a number of advancements made to water heater technology, but there are still some limits on the precision control of water temperatures inside the tank. Unfortunately, humans often think that the thermometer of a water heater works similarly to that of a furnace or other comfort system, thinking that the highest temperature they set it to be the highest temperature the water will reach.

Like I said before, I like hot showers. But nobody wants to be burned by water that’s 140° instead of the 120° it was set to!

“How Can I Avoid This?”

The best way you can avoid the above-mentioned problems is by following the manufacturer’s guide on care, or by getting in contact with our professionals with any concerns or questions you might have! Don’t forget, either, that annual maintenance can help ensure your water heater stays in good shape throughout its lifespan.

Don’t let your water heater be cause for worry! Contact Climate Control Heating & Cooling today for water heater maintenance and repair. Comfort & Care from the Team with the Bear.