The Top Causes of Water Heater Failure

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Electric Water Heater Repair

Like any household appliance, our water heaters can’t be expected to last forever. As they age–and inevitably degrade–with constant use, they naturally become prone to failure. At Solace Plumbing, Heating and Air, we understand that it happens all the time, which is why we offer top-quality heating services.

Here’s a look at some of the common reasons for water heater failure.

Internal Corrosion

Inside your water heater tank, there are anodes referred to as sacrificial anodes. The anodes are meant to erode so that the interior of your heater tank does not. The anodes need to be inspected and replaced once a year, otherwise, the heater is prone to fail, thus requiring an untimely heating repair procedure.

High Water Pressure

High water pressure can damage your heater, pipes, and other such appliances that use hot water. You can determine if your water heater pressure is high when water starts to leak from the overflow pipes. Make sure that your water heater pressure does not go higher than the recommended limit to avoid extra heating maintenance costs.

Inadequately-Sized Heating Unit

Your heater should meet all your household and commercial needs. When you strain a small heater to accommodate your high volume needs, you unduly strain the heater, thus resulting in over-usage. It will only be a matter of time before the unit fails altogether.


As mentioned above, no household appliance lasts forever and heaters are no exception. The average lifespan of a water heater is roughly 8 to 9 years. It’s time to start thinking of replacing that heater if it has hit that age, and while at it, you may want to upgrade your heating system.

Sediment Buildup

If you stay in an area where you use hard water, your heater will likely fail in time due to the sediment build-up. The build-ups can block water passage making your heater fail.

If you have problems with your heater, get in touch with Solace Plumbing And Air for quality heating installation in Eastvale, CA. We’ll make sure you have a steady source of hot water all year round. Reach out to us today!