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3 Prime Causes of Water Heater Explosion

Plumber Leichhardt

You heard a massive explosion down your basement. When you inspect what happened, yourealised that your water heater exploded. You are oblivious to what happened and you want to knowwhy it occurred.

Want to know the reasons? Here are the major reasons why your water heater exploded.

1.Improper InstallationThis is inevitable.

There are times that the reason why your water heater is failing to do its job because it is not properly installed, especially if you installed it yourself. If you let unlicensed plumbers to install your heater, it would not only cause failure to do its work but but the possibility that it would blow your house into rubble. Here are the following signs that your heater is not installed properly:

  • Fittings were soldered. This is a typical mistake for DIYers. Plastic parts could meltif the heat is applied straight at the top of the appliance. This only not melt downother parts but could also cause an earnest damage to the water heater.
  • You weren’t able to install the heater properly, most especially its control system. Itcould possible cause an explosion to your entire household.
  • Water corrosion causes an electrical shortage and the gas leaking from the samecorrosion could cause a massive explosion.

2.Failed Pressure Relief Valve

The pressure accumulates faster than the release valve can handle causing it to explode. Thisoccurs when the temperature is set too high. In order to avert this kind of situation, make sure to set the heater in the safest temperature range. The pressure relief valve is a security valve that is unlocked if the temperature of the water extends to 210 degrees Fahrenheit or the pressure inside the tank tops 50 lbs PSI.

3.Routine Maintenance

There are times that you have to go to your basement and conduct a maintenance to yourwater heater. The water that comes from your municipality’s water source may also come toyour water heater with a lot of residuals either silt or sand. All of these residuals end in thelower part of the water tank because of its heavy weight. It is important to conduct a waterheater sediment flush to take all the residuals and rusts on the base of the tank. Absence ofconducting sediment flush could hinder the function of the burner from keeping your hotwater warm.