Hard water results in the build-up of sediment in your water heater. As the deposit continues to build-up inside the water heater, the efficiency of the water heater will deteriorate. When left untreated, the build-up of sediment in your water heater will result in the failure of the water heater and expensive repair bills. The sediment can be controlled by flushing the water heater every six months to remove excess sediment from the water heater.
The Impact of Sediment on Your Gas Water Heater
- Newly installed gas water heaters will work at full efficiency when installed.
- As sediment starts to form, the efficiency of the water heater will decrease.
- Sediment will form on the heat exchanger, thermostat and heat transfer surface within the water heater.
- When the gas water heater is flushed, excess sediment will be removed from the inside of the water heater.
- It is not possible to remove all of the sediment in a gas water heater and the efficiency will not be restored fully after flushing.
- The efficiency of the gas water heater will begin to deteriorate again as new sediment builds on top of the old sediment thereby reducing the life cycle of the gas water heater.
The Impact of Sediment on an Electrical Water Heater
- Newly installed electrical water heaters will work at full efficiency when installed.
- When the sediment build-up reaches the bottom element, the element will burn out and the efficiency of the water heater will deteriorate.
- After flushing out the electric water heater and replacing the bottom element, the electric water heater will be restored to full efficiency.
Sediment build-up will impact severely on gas operated water heaters and they will not be capable of working at full efficiency again. The sediment in your water heater will impact negatively on the efficiency and life expectancy of the water heater.
For more expert advice about the sediment in your water heater and other issues related to home comfort, please contact us at Beyer Boys Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing. We’ve been serving the San Antonio area since 1990.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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