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Water Heater Problems That Can Become Dangerous

Dangerous Water Heater Issues to Fix Immediately

Sometimes we don’t think about our water heater and how it works day and night to keep our homes warm, keeps our stoves hot, and warms up our water to the perfect temperature to keep us comfortable during a hot shower at the end of a long day. But what happens when you ignore subtle “little” issues with your water heater until it becomes a bigger, dangerous problem that can potentially harm your family’s health and safety?

Here’s how you can know when those little problems with your water heater should be examined and fixed as soon as possible by a professional.

Know the Type of Water Heater You Have

Before you can properly examine your water heater, you should know if it’s an electric or gas water heater. Electric and gas water heaters work differently and you should know how they function in order to notice if there’s a potential problem.

Gas Water Heaters

Gas water heaters use a thermostat device with a mercury sensor at the top with a thermocouple to detect if the pilot light is on to control the flow of gas to the pipes.

Electric Water Heaters

Electric water heaters use a thermostat device on the side of the water heater to detect the temperature of the water inside of the tank. If the temperature needs to rise, electricity will flow to a heating element that’s suspended in the water to heat it.

Common Dangerous Water Heater Problems

Once you understand the type of water heater you have, you will be able to easily identify some issues that are associated with water heaters that can potentially be dangerous and cause bodily harm.

1. Leaks and Corrosion

One of the most common things that can happen to your water heater is a leak. Most homeowners have seen a leak or two but the question is, when does a leak become dangerous? Some leaks are easy to fix, while others can become bigger and hazardous if they’re not tended to fairly quickly. Here’s how you can know when you should call a professional to fix a leaky water heater.

If your water heater has a broken heating element, this isn’t something you would want to just check without proper training. Before checking the heating element, you should turn off the power and call a professional to take a look!

If you live in an older home and you haven’t updated your pipes that run from the water heater to your faucets, you may notice signs of rust and corrosion. Corroded pipes are dangerous and can cause damage to your home, which could be a danger to you and your family.

Sometimes, a leak can mean there’s pressure buildup in your pipes from water. Water pressure buildup is when your water can’t flow correctly and has nowhere to go. Eventually, the water pressure buildup can cause damage to your pipes, like a pipe burst or even an explosion. While explosions from pressure buildup are extremely rare, you should still call a professional to fix the issue so that water can flow properly through your pipes.

2. Scalding/Water Temperature Issues

No one wants to get in the shower or bath after a long, stressful day only to be scalded by extremely hot water. Although we’ve come a long with technology and temperature control, you can still experience trouble with your water heater maintaining the correct temperature of your water if it’s broken or not functioning properly.

Scalding water is dangerous and can cause severe bodily burns. If you notice that your water is much hotter than normal, avoid using it and immediately call a professional to make sure the temperature controls on your water heater are working properly or if they should be replaced.

Contact a Professional for Water Heater Repairs

If your water heater isn’t working properly and you need a quick fix, our team at First Call Heating & Cooling Inc is here to help! We repair, replace, and install water heaters in Racine and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today for your water heater repair at (262) 205-5751!

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