Water Heater Issues

Common Water Heater Issues

When most people look at the water heater in their home, they see a complicated piece of equipment that serves an important function in their life. They don’t think about it actually being a pressurized metal tank containing boiling water that runs on large amounts of electricity or explosive gas. Most people do realize only a licensed plumbing professional has the skills and experience necessary to repair or replace a water heater. There are some common issues only licensed plumbing professional should handle.

Temperature Issues

It is possible for people to get lukewarm water that is unable to be used for bathing. In other situations, there may be no hot water at all. This can happen even if a water heater is turned on. It is possible for this to be caused by problems with the heating elements in a water heater. Most residential water heaters come with two elements and each are replaceable. These elements can easily go bad or fail. If there is lukewarm water there is a chance one of these elements is bad but the other is still working. When there is no hot water, both heating elements could have failed.

Water Leaks

These can occur for many different reasons. A water leak from a hot water heater can be only a few drips or a major stream of water. It is important to shut off the water supply to the water heater. It is possible a water leak can be repaired by replacing some couplers or a new pipe or both. If the water is coming from the temperature relief valve or heating element, it may be time to purchase a new water heater.

Earthquake Preparation

If there is an earthquake, an unsecured water heater could fall. This could rupture the water and gas connections in a home. It important for a water heater to have two straps that go completely around it. These straps need to be screwed into a home’s masonry or studs of a wall. A plumber can also install a flexible copper water connector to provide increased safety during an earthquake.

Cut-Off Switch And Thermostat

One feature of a water heater that is similar to a house is a thermostat. This is designed to set the temperature for the hot water provided. It is possible for a cut-off switch or a thermostat on a water heater to fail. In most cases, they can be replaced for a reasonable cost even when labor is added into the final bill. If a water heater’s elements are good, but its heater isn’t working properly, the unit’s cut-off switch or thermostat is usually the problem.

Loud Water Tank

A hot water heater is usually relatively quiet when operating. Should it start making loud noises, there could several different types of problems. Sediments will build up inside a water tank over time. Water heaters are designed to reach their maximum temperature on the inside. This could cause the built-up sediment to burn. This will result in a hot water heater making crackling, rumbling as well as popping noises. It’s also possible for the problem to be a heating element that has burnt out and more.

Discolored Water

The water in a home can one day begin to have a discolored dirty or rusty appearance. This could be a symptom of a problem with the water heater. To confirm it’s a problem with a hot water heater, a person can simply run just the cold water from a kitchen or bathroom faucet. If the cold water is clear, it is a problem with the water heater. This situation could be the result of corrosion in the tank. It also happens when there is an excessive build-up of sediment. Flushing the water tank could clean out the sediment or show areas of corrosion. If there is still a problem after doing this, a plumber will be needed to determine the exact cause of the water discoloration.

Problems with a water heater can be complicated and leave a home without the benefits of hot water. There are many types of hot water problems that are easy to fix by a trained and licensed plumbing professional. One of the best ways to avoid most problems with a water heater is for a plumbing professional to do yearly maintenance on it. This will avoid problems as well as extend the life of the water heater.