How to Tell If There’s Sediment Buildup in Your Water Heater

Many things can occur that could potentially damage your water heater. One good example is having a buildup of sediment within your water heater. If you are unsure if your water heater has sediment buildup, there are several ways to find out.

Over many years of providing water heater repair in Woodstock, GA, the Integrated Plumbing Solutions team has fixed numerous water heaters damaged by sediment buildup. Below, we take a look at the signs you can look for that can warn you if your water heater has it.

The Water Heater Makes Strange Noise

Strange noises coming from your water heater are good indications that a buildup of sediment has developed. The most commonly heard noises are hissing, popping, or creaking. These sounds will be heard when the heater element develops a mineral layer, which then creates different sounds when the sediment begins to burn. Not only that but when air pockets develop beneath the sediment may cause a popping sound when the water heats up.

The Hot Water Turns Rusty Colored

When you notice the water looking a little rusty-colored, there will likely be a buildup of sediment. This will require water heater maintenance because of a layer of sediment developing on the water heater element. If it doesn’t get taken care of the element may corrode and force you to have the element replaced.

Pressure Relief Valve Leaks

The pressure release valve is an essential component of a tankless water heater. If you notice your pressure relief valve leaking, it may require you to do more than just replace the valve. As a buildup occurs, there also may be heat building up more than normal as a way to compensate for the blockage of sediment. This blockage will cause the tank to overheat and expand. When the tank expands and causes the pressure to increase too much a leak will likely occur. This will be especially true when the pressure relief valve fails.

The Water Heater Has Cracks

When the water pressure expands the water heater excessively, it can lead to cracks in the tank. Plus, any corrosion can also develop fractures. Because of this, water puddles may be found outside the water heater. If this is the case, then you’ll need to have a water heater replacement.

When sediment finds its way inside the tank, it can cause severe damage to internal and external parts. At Integrated Plumbing Solutions, you’re sure to get quality services from water heater installation to maintenance and repairs. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment!