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Reasons Your Electric Water Heater Might Be Overheating

March 14 / 2021

Reasons Your Electric Water Heater Might Be Overheating

Hot water heaters are an important part of daily life. Modern households have become largely dependent on them for basic activities like taking a shower or rinsing dishes. However, they can become difficult to deal with when problems arise and may even pose dangers if overheating occurs. Excessively hot temperatures can burn or scald family members or guests, and so this is an issue that should be resolved as quickly as possible to avoid injury and further complications down the road. At Rooter Hero Plumbing, we provide premium commercial and residential services for clients in California and Arizona. Are you wondering why your electric water heater is overheating? Read below for some helpful information. 

A High Temperature Setting

In some cases, excessive water temperatures aren’t due to a faulty water heater at all. It may simply be a setting problem. Ideally, the water temperature should be set no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If the setting is above this, then lower it to a more reasonable temperature. However, if you have lowered the settings and it is still running far higher than expected, there may be a problem with the thermostat. 

Buildup of Sediment Inside the Tank 

Over time, sediment from your water supply or rust inside the tank, can build up on the heating elements. If this occurs, then your water heater will have to work twice as hard to get the temperature of the water where it needs to be. This can result in overheating. If this problem occurs regularly, then the heating element will likely fail entirely, which can be a costly repair. It is recommended that property owners invest in a water heater tank draining and cleaning service once a year to curb sediment buildup and ensure the longevity and dependability of your system. 

High Pressure 

A damaged or dysfunctional pressure relief valve can cause serious issue. If the steam builds up inside the water heater tank, then this could result in injuries if the tank bursts. Suspected pressure relief valve problems should be taken care of right away. A professional plumber will be able to thoroughly inspect your electric water heater for signs of trouble, and repair or replace the valve if necessary. 

When to Call a Plumber

If the issue isn’t due to temperature settings, then you should call a professional plumber as soon as possible. They will have the experience and specialized equipment needed to safely and quickly inspect the water heater unit. 

Do You Need a Water Heater Repair or Replacement Service? Call Rooter Hero Plumbing 

Are you worried about the risks associated with an overheating water heater unit? Are you ready to upgrade or replace your existing unit? Then call the team at Rooter Hero Plumbing today. Our certified, licensed and insured plumbers are always ready to come to the rescue. Contact our office for more details about our wide selection of commercial and residential services or to schedule a time to meet with an experienced plumber in your Arizona or California area neighborhood.