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Hot Water Heater Failure Risks

Water Heater Reliability, Failure, And Safety.

Your water heater is easily one of the most neglected home appliances. You expect it to do its job and deliver hot water when and where you need it…reliably.

But did you know that the older your water heater gets, and the longer it’s neglected, the more unreliable and unsafe it becomes?

Identifying Water Heater Failure Risks.

Here are just a few risks you take when your water heater becomes an issue or fails:

  • Leaks: Leaks are one of the first signs of impending failure. They can range from small leaks to a constant stream to a disastrous burst.
  • Carbon Monoxide Leaks: Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced by fuels burning. When a water heater is installed incorrectly or vented poorly, it becomes deadly.
  • Fires: Gas water heaters use a flame to heat the water. If flammable vapors from things like paint cans, certain cleaning fluids, or gas cans find their way near the pilot light, they could spark a fire.
  • Explosion: However unlikely, water heaters CAN explode. When hot water, pressure, a rusted tank and a failed temperature and pressure (T&P) valve are combined, a disaster is soon to follow.

When it comes to your water heater, you never think of it doing any harm to your home…in fact, you never think of it at all. So when it goes bad, it could be catastrophic to your home or even dangerous to your family.You can find out more info on water heaters HERE.

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