Signs Your Water Heater Might Explode

Signs Your Water Heater Might Explode

Without your water heater, you wouldn’t have hot showers, hot water to properly clean your dishes, or hot water to sanitize your clothes. That’s why it’s so important you take care of your unit. Do you know what else could happen if you don’t take care of your water heater? It might explode. Since this is something you definitely should be worried about, watch out for these warning signs.

Leaking pressure valve

Your pressure valve's job is to make sure that, when your heater is treating water, too much pressure doesn’t build up inside the tank. But sometimes the safety mechanisms meant to do this can malfunction and allow too much pressure to build up. This causes the pressure valve to leak and is a telltale sign of a dangerous problem.

Rotten egg smell

A rotten egg smell is typically caused by the release of sulfur, which is a symptom of a gas leak. Your water heater has a pilot flame, and we all know what happens when gas hits fire — boom! If you start smelling this scent near the water heater, call a professional ASAP.

Popping noises

Over time, sediment can build up at the bottom of your tank, which is why you need to drain it at least twice a year. If too much sediment builds up, water and air can get stuck underneath it and cause a pressure buildup and popping noises to occur. Just like the high water pressure, this can cause your water heater to explode.

Bad installation

This one is a little harder to spot since you’re probably not an expert on water heater installation. Bad installations can lead to gas leaks, pressure buildup, or other problems that could end with your water heater exploding.

When it comes to the safety of your water heater in your home, trust the experts at Air Treatment Center. We provide water heater maintenance and installation for homes around Vienna, VA and always provide the best service.

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