Your water heater works hard behind the scenes in your home, providing hot water for your taps and appliances. Sometimes it can work too hard and cause problems that may require professional attention. These are the most common problems with water heaters, along with some suggestions on how to fix them. Before you do any troubleshooting on your water heater, make sure that the circuit breaker is turned off.
Four Most Common Water Heater Problems
- Questions about water temperature- Water temperature problems are the most common problem you will encounter when using water heaters. These are the most common water temperature problems and their possible causes. Here’s how to fix them.
- Coldwater – The most common causes of cold water are a lack of faulty thermostats, a bad heating element, or a lack of power. First, remove power from the system. Next, reset tripped circuit breakers. Next, make sure you check the power switches to ensure they are switched on and that power indicators are lit. Finally, make sure to check the thermostat for power.
- Warm water, but not hot – An undersized water heater or crossed hot/cold connections could all be the culprits. Crossed connections can be ruled out by shutting off the water supply. If the water is still flowing, it could indicate a broken connection. Beyond this, we recommend contacting a professional to check the water heater’s heating elements thermostat, and to assess whether your water heater is properly sized.
- Too hot water – If the temperature of your water heater is too high, it is usually because the thermostat has been set too high. For information on how to adjust the thermostat temperature, consult your water heater’s manual. The Department of Energy recommends setting the thermostat at 120 degrees F to achieve the best heat-efficiency ratio.
- LeaksWater leaks can be caused by many things, including:
- A faulty temperature-pressure (T&P), relief valve
- Incorrect water pressure
- A stuck valve
- A leaky connection to the nearby plumbing system
- Bolts for heating elements that are loose
- A bad gasket
- Leakage in a water tank
- To reduce the leakage, check for loose connections in your plumbing.
Next, you will need to check the heating element bolts and tighten them if necessary. If the heating element is still leaking, you will probably need to replace the gasket (we recommend hiring a professional to do this). You should also check the storage tank for leaks. Storage tanks are known to corrode from within, so you may be seeing the end of your water heater.
Of course, you can tank leak issues altogether by switching to a tankless water heater – the equipment lasts about twice as long, too, and takes up about one-quarter of the space in your basement.
- Discolored water- Rusty water is often a sign of corrosion in your tank’s inner liner. This can be caused by a failing anode or rod. Get in touch with a water heater specialist to to determine if the anode rod needs to be replaced. If not,replace your water heater.
Odd noisesOdd noises from your water heater are usually caused by sediment buildup. This problem can be fixed by flushing your water heater. For tips on how to do it, see this video. If the problem persists after flushing the water heater, or if there is too much sediment buildup, Contact us, you may need to replace your water heater.
This post was written by Joey Denick. Joey is the Owner and Operator of Clog Kings. At Clog Kings, LLC, we pride ourselves on our dedication and efficiency. We know you don’t have time to waste. That’s why we work fast to get your home or commercial building back up and running in no time. If you are looking for plumbers in Clearwater FL then look no further because we got you covered!