Water heaters play an essential role in our homes and businesses. They provide hot water quickly for daily tasks like washing dishes, bathing, and even cleaning our spaces. However, like any other appliance, water heaters can suffer malfunctions and break down due to a variety of reasons.

Listed below are some of the most common reasons why water heaters will begin to malfunction and breakdown:

Sediment buildup

Over time, minerals and other sediment can accumulate inside the tank, causing it to become less efficient and more prone to failure. Our professional plumbing team can drain your water heater tank and clean the sediment out in order to restore function to your heater.


Corrosion can occur due to chemical reactions between the tank’s metal and the water it contains. Corrosion can cause leaks and other damage to the tank, leading to malfunction and breakdown. If you believe you may have a corrosion issue with your water heater, reach out to the team at Spindletop Plumbing today.

Thermostat problems

If the thermostat is malfunctioning, it can cause the water heater to overheat or not heat up enough, leading to reduced efficiency and potential damage. In some cases you may have a malfunctioning sensor which will need to be replaced in order to supply your home with the temperature of water your desire.

Pressure buildup

Water heaters have pressure relief valves that release excess pressure. If the valve fails or is blocked, it can cause pressure buildup, which can damage the tank and other components. This is a problem that should be corrected by a professional plumber,

Electrical or gas problems

If you have an electric water heater, issues with the heating elements or wiring can cause the water heater to stop working. Similarly, gas water heaters can have problems with the pilot light or gas supply.

Age of the unit

Water heaters have a lifespan of around 8-12 years, depending on the type and model. As the water heater ages, it becomes more prone to failure and may need to be replaced.

Regular maintenance and servicing can help prevent many of these issues and extend the life of your water heater. If you notice any signs of trouble with your water heater, such as leaks, strange noises, or reduced efficiency, it’s essential to have it checked by a professional as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

Why Does Sediment Build Up in Water Heaters?

Sediment buildup in water heaters is a common problem that can cause reduced efficiency, higher energy bills, and potentially even damage to the tank. Here are some reasons why sediment builds up in water heaters:

Hard water

If your home has hard water, which contains high levels of minerals such as calcium and magnesium, these minerals can accumulate inside the tank over time, leading to sediment buildup.

Water quality

Water that contains dirt, sand, or other debris can also contribute to sediment buildup in water heaters.

Tank design

The design of some water heater tanks can contribute to sediment buildup. For example, tanks with narrow or curved inlet tubes can create areas where sediment can accumulate.

Lack of maintenance

Regular maintenance, such as draining the tank and cleaning the interior, can help prevent sediment buildup. However, if the tank is not regularly maintained, sediment can accumulate and harden, making it more difficult to remove.

Sediment buildup in water heaters can cause reduced efficiency, higher energy bills, and potentially even damage to the tank. To prevent sediment buildup, it’s important to have your water heater regularly maintained, including draining and cleaning the tank, and consider installing a water softener if your home has hard water. If you notice any signs of sediment buildup, such as reduced hot water flow or strange noises coming from the tank, it’s important to have the water heater checked by a professional to prevent further damage.

Why Choose Spindletop Plumbing?

At Spindletop Plumbing LLC, our plumbers works with you to figure out what the issue with your appliance is in order to restore function to your space. We offer a wide range of residential and commercial repairs and maintenance services for tankless water heaters and other types of water heating appliances. Call us today to learn more about your options for water heater repair and replacement

Affordable Plumbers in Southeast, TX

At Spindletop Plumbing LLC, nothing means more to us than the happiness and satisfaction of our customers. We are a state-licensed and insured, locally owned, service and repair plumbing company located in Nederland, Texas.

Our skilled and experienced staff offers a wide range of reliable plumbing services to both residential and commercial spaces. We proudly serve the many communities of Southeast Texas, including Beaumont, Bridge City, Groves, Lumberton, Mauriceville, Orange, Port Arthur, Port Neches, Silsbee, and Vidor. From small repairs to major reconstructions, our team is here to find the best plumbing solutions for your space.

Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer and how we can increase the functionality of your space.


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