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What Are the Causes of Water Heater Element Corrosion?

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Old 11-06-2012, 10:35 AM
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Question What Are the Causes of Water Heater Element Corrosion?



Hello Everyone,

When a water heater stops producing hot water, the first thing that usually goes bad is the heater elements. The elements are eaten away by the corrosive effects of the dissolved minerals and chemicals in city water. So, by understanding the exact chemical reactions that take place, I cannot understand why the elements corrode to the point of becoming ineffective and what are the causes of water heater element corrosion. Any idea on it, please share with me.

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Old 12-01-2012, 05:54 PM
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Default Re: What Are the Causes of Water Heater Element Corrosion?

Once an item is corroded, it will keep corroding until it no longer becomes effective. It is just natures way really. Once it is past a certain point it is beyond repair, and can only become worse, until replaced.
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Default Re: What Are the Causes of Water Heater Element Corrosion?

Hello Friends,

As a homeowner, you can take an active role in preventing the rust and corrosion that can affect your water heater's performance or cause it to fail completely. One step that you can take in this regard is to upgrade your water heater's pipe nipples to plastic lined nipples. Most of the traditional pipes inside most water heaters are copper and brass, metals that resist corrosion; however most linings are made of steel. When these different metals touch or come into contact with one another, the copper or brass can remain rust free but the steel will corrode or rust. A plastic lined pipe nipple can cover the part of the brass of copper that is touching the steel water tank, putting an end to this damaging corrosion. To solve the problem, just install the plastic lined pipe nipple to the cold water lines and hot water lines where the pipes come out from the wall, and another set to these lines where they connect to the tank.


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Default Re: What Are the Causes of Water Heater Element Corrosion?

#1 Lesson, don't let your water heater go dry. If you can't do that, maybe take everything apart and galvanize the potentially corrosive materials.
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