Boiler problems happen due to different reasons. One of the causes of hot water system issue is sediment buildup.
What is sediment buildup?
During the water heating process, minerals like calcium and magnesium, precipitate out of the water at higher temperatures and form into sediment particles that settle in the bottom of your water heater. When sediment particles build up, your boiler will eventually start to experience issues.
Is sediment buildup harmful?
The impact depends on the amount of sediment that builds up in your water heater and where you are located. Water supply is other areas are filtered, and it is naturally soft with small mineral content, which forms none or very little sediment. In other areas, you may have a large buildup of sediment.
A small sediment buildup at the bottom of your water heater is not dangerous. It will only have a significant impact when a large buildup formed at the bottom of the tank. Thick sediment build-up may cause the water heater to reduces the amount of hot water available for your use. It can also impair the efficiency of the water heater and clog the drain valve.
In addition, water heater sediment can slow the heat transfer and overheat the bottom of the tank. Overheating can weaken the steel and damage the lining of the tank. In the case of electric water heaters, sediment particles can cause the heating element to overheat and burn out. This can also cause problems with the pump and valves.
It is always helpful to have your boiler checked by an expert in hot water system repair Swanbank to maintain its good operational condition and prevent boiler problems.