Water heaters can last quite a while, as long as they’re taken care of properly. Eventually, though, the accumulated wear and tear of years of normal use will result in problems developing in the system. The sooner you can recognize signs of these problems, the sooner you can have them repaired and the more damage you can prevent. Let’s take a look at some common water heater issues.
Cracked Dip Tube
Tank water heaters contain a part called the dip tube, which runs from the water line down through the top of the tank and lets out near the bottom. The purpose of the dip tube is to direct all water entering the tank to the bottom, where it will remain separate from the hot water leaving the tank and will be able to warm up much faster since it’s closer to the burner assembly. If the dip tube develops a crack, it can leak cold water into the mix. If you’re suddenly getting blasts of cold water in the middle of an otherwise-warm stream, it might be because you have a problem with your water heater’s dip tube.
Leaks are a serious issue for any system that deals with water on a regular basis, but especially for water heaters. If the storage tank springs a leak and it isn’t taken care of as soon as possible, there’s a very real chance that it could rupture. If you don’t want to pay for potentially thousands of dollars’ worth of remediation services, you should call for repairs whenever you notice a leak in your water heater. The faster you can get the leak sealed, the better off your water heater will be.