Lansing Heating And Cooling

How Do Minerals Affect My Home’s Hot Water Heater?

HVAC Repair Lansing, MI

Hard water simply means that you have minerals (such as calcium and magnesium) in your water. While hard water won’t make you or your family sick, it can wreak havoc on residential plumbing systems. At Block Sloane Heating & Cooling, our heating system contractors have provided the below information to show you the effects that minerals can have on your hot water heater and how you can prevent significant damage. For more information, we recommend that you reach out to a Lansing heating and cooling contractor.

Reduced Lifespan

When hard water enters your hot water heater, it leaves behind mineral sediment. The high temperatures in your hot water heater cause the sediment to harden on the bottom of the tank, which can cause your machine to work harder than normal to produce the same amount of heated water.

If you suspect that your home’s hard water is causing issues with the hot water heater, you need to contact an experienced heating and cooling contractor as soon as possible. They will be able to diagnose and resolve the problem so that the overall lifespan of your hot water heater isn’t threatened. No one likes having to pay for hot water heater replacement prematurely if it could have been prevented.

Popping Noise

Many of the homeowners we work with are surprised, or even frightened, when their hot water heater starts making sounds. When minerals build up in the hot water heater tank it can sometimes trap small pockets of water underneath. When the trapped water begins to boil due to the high temperatures, it makes a popping noise.

Clogged Drain Valve

Like the name suggests, the drain valve is responsible for draining water out of your hot water heater. A clog in your drain valve can be a disaster in the event of an emergency, which is why it’s important to flush your hot water heater of sediment once a year.

If your drain valve is completely clogged, it will need to be replaced. Hot water heater drain valve replacement is a simple repair that you can do by yourself, as long as you feel comfortable draining your hot water heater.


A layer of sediment on the bottom of the tank interferes with the gas burner’s ability to properly heat water. What happens is that the gas burner continues to heat until the tank’s inner lining corrodes and gives out. In other words, the hot water heater overheats.

If you notice your hot water heater is leaking from the bottom, be sure to call a hot water heater repair company as soon as possible. Most likely, a buildup of sediment caused the leak. Hot water heater leaks should ideally be repaired as soon as they are discovered.

To prevent all of these repairs from being needed in the first place, you should make sure to flush your hot water heaterannually. If you feel uncomfortable about flushing your own hot water heater, you can always call your local heating and cooling company.

If you are interested in our hot water heater repair services, please feel free to give our Lansing heating and cooling contractors at (517) 485-9437. The HVAC contractors at Block Sloane Heating & Cooling work hard to help homeowners prolong the lives of their hot water heaters.