Over time water heaters expand and contract with each heating and cooling cycle. This cycling can lead to stress fractures in the walls of the metal tank and loosening of joints and fittings. As the age of the tank approaches its useful life, these fractures become significant enough to cause leaks and adversely affect the quality of the water being heated. For most residential water heaters today, expected life spans of from 10 to 12 years can be expected. Some tanks may fail earlier and some later, but as the age of your tank reaches the limits of typical life, it’s a good idea to begin checking for signs of tank failure. Better yet, if your tank is at the end of its useful life, Call Copperfield Plumbing to get a quote for removing and replacing your old tank.
Remember a major leak in a water heater tank can be the source of considerable damage to your home, depending on where your tank is located. Tanks located in attics may cause the most damage as leaks result in water draining down through the walls to the floor(s) below. On the other hand, tanks located in garages may cause fewer problems due to a leak because of the limited areas of possible damage. Whatever your situation, it’s a good idea to stay ahead of any potential water damage by maintaining your water system in top shape; and this means keeping your water heater in top condition.
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