When your water heater starts overheating it can cause serious problems. Not only could the water be hot enough to burn your skin, problems in the hot water tank with the pressure of the system could damage the water heater. Since the structure of water heaters is not too complex, you can make a few simple checks when your system starts overheating.
Sometimes the temperature dial on a water heater is accidentally tweaked too high. Check your temperature dial first to make sure it is set at a reasonable temperature. 120 degrees is the general baseline for this purpose.
Most of the time, water has dissolved minerals which aren’t removed during the purification process. When the water is heated in your water heater, these minerals clump together and settle to the bottom of your water tank. Sometimes, however, they will settle in close to the heating element and cause it to start overheating. The heating element has to do more work to heat your water leading to a shorter lifespan. Draining the hot water tank may be able to alleviate this problem.
The thermostat controls when the water heater turns on and off. Sometimes, though, the reset button malfunctions and causes this function to be disabled. This may, in turn, lead to your water temperature being too high. Replacing the thermostat will remedy this problem.
Pressure Relief Valve
This valve allows steam to escape from inside the water heater. If this valve is blocked, it can be a serious problem, leading to a damaged tank and possibly serious injury to your and your family. If you can hear water boiling inside your water tank, you need to shut down the power to your water heater right away and contact a professional plumbing company to replace the valve.
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