Chances are that even though you like taking hot showers or washing your clothes in hot water, you probably take your water heater for granted. You think that it's something that should just work all the time. Like it or not, there will probably come a time when you do have to think about it and make sure it's working as it should. When your water heater goes on the brink, not only is it a huge inconvenience, it can actually be dangerous. Here are 3 ways a defective water heater can lead to disaster.
It Can Cause Erratic Water Temperatures
When your water heater is defective, the water either doesn't warm up properly or it can quickly become too hot. One of the reasons this is dangerous is because water can become very hot without any warning. If you're taking a shower, and all the sudden the water temperature hits 120 degrees, not only is it a not-so-nice surprise, it could cause damage to your skin. Adults who are exposed to 120-degree temperatures for five minutes can receive third-degree burns.
It Can Cause Water Heater Backdrafting
When your water heater is defective, it can cause a dangerous phenomenon called backdrafting. When gases from water heaters are not properly vented, the gases get emitted back into your home's atmosphere. Because the gases are invisible, the homeowner may not recognize the problem right away, which can actually result in death to anyone living in the home.
Some ways to detect backdrafting include:
- The plastic on top of the water heater is melted
- The valves on the water heater show signs of corrosion
- The top of the water heater tank shows a buildup of condensation
If you notice any of these things, contact an HVAC company right away to get it evaluated and repaired.
It Can Cause An Explosion
If the water tank is corroded or the valves are loose, it can cause the water heater to start leaking. When leaks occur, the pressure relief valve may stop working. If there's too much pent up pressure and the water temperature is set too high, it can cause an explosion. This is why it's important to make sure all of the valves are in proper working order.
If you want to stay on the safe side, getting your water heater periodically checked can help you avoid these three disasters while giving you a peace of mind. For more information, contact a company like CHAMBERS MECHANICAL SERVICES.