Water Heater Sediment: Why It Can Be A Problem

Your water heater is a system comprised of complex elements and with water constantly flowing through it – sediment can become a concern. Read our post to learn what water heater sediment is, why it's a problem and what to do about it.

What is it?
Sediment comes from the tiny particles that naturally exist in water. If you have well water, the sediment may contain sand. Or it might be minerals like calcium carbonate. Every water-heating system is threatened by sediment, which will eventually settle at the bottom of the water tank.

Why is it a problem?
Ignore this sediment and you'll be facing serious water heater problems. As the buildup grows, it has a huge effect on the system's operation.

  • First, the sediment will effectively take the place of water, and reduce the total amount of hot water your family will have at its disposal.
  • In addition, the sediment can clog the valve where water drains, decreasing the system's efficiency.
  • Further, sediment slows down the transfer of heat -- so your water won't be as hot as it could be.
  • Finally, it can lead to overheating. When this happens, the bottom of the heater's tank weakens, and eventually, the tank can burst.


What should you do about it?
One of the easiest ways to promote a healthy, sediment-free water heater involves maintenance. Every year, your plumber should drain the tank, letting the sediment run out of the system. In addition, the service checkup includes cleaning other components to ensure the system operates at peak capacity and optimal efficiency and lasts a long time.

For help with your water heater or to schedule a maintenance visit, contact RagsdaleHeating, Air and Plumbing today!

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