Common Water Heater Problems

Are you suffering through cold showers in the morning?

A water heater that is not working properly can put a damper on your day. No one wants to be rudely woken by a blast of icy water while they are still groggy. And no one wants a scalding shower or a heater that cannot make up its mind on whether to freeze you, boil you or work like it is supposed to.

If your heater is in a mood, then here are a few common problems that could be the source of your misery:

1. There is no hot water

For whatever reason, the water heater is not doing its job, and this calls for some troubleshooting. If the heater is an electric one, check that the circuit breaker is switched on. Sometimes, the circuit breaker will keep tripping and that means that it is time to call a professional to find the source of the problem.

If the circuit breaker works fine, check to see if the thermostat is working. It could be faulty, and the person may need to buy another one. If the thermostat works fine, then check the heating elements. If the elements have a problem, they will need to be replaced.

2. The water is scalding hot

This problem is usually caused by the thermostat. First, try to reduce the thermostat setting and see if the water gets any cooler. If this does not work, the thermostat may be broken or it may have a wiring problem. Whatever the case may be, a person will need a professional to do some troubleshooting.

A faulty thermostat will be replaced, while faulty wiring will be corrected.

3. Low water pressure

A person needs to be hit with a wall of water in order to have a satisfying shower. If the water pressure is low, it could be because:

  • The pipes that feed the water heater could be narrow, as could the pipes that carry water to the shower. This is usually the case in old houses. To fix this, replace the narrow pipes with wider ones
  • The pipes could also be coated with calcium deposits, which cause the pipes to become narrow. To solve this problem, clean out the pipes with products that will dissolve the buildup. If the home is supplied with hard water, this is only a temporary solution. A permanent fix would be to install a water softening solution
  • There could be rust in the plumbing. If this is the case, call a plumber to replace the rusted plumbing

4. A noisy water heater

If the heater makes a hissing noise, the most common culprits are calcium deposits on the heating element or sediments at the bottom of the tank. Sediments are easily removed by flushing the tank.

Once a person confirms that the heating element has a calcium coating, they should drain the tank and clean the element by pouring lime cleaner into the cold water pipe. The drain should be closed during the cleaning.

5. Particles or brown color in the water

Particles in the water are caused by calcium deposits on the heating elements. Rust-colored water is caused by a rusty anode rod or a rusty tank. Solving the anode rod problem is easy: Just replace it. If the rust is coming from the tank itself, get a professional to treat the heater. If the rust spreads throughout the tank, a replacement is needed.

Check your water heater regularly

Get ahead of any problems by keeping a close eye on the water heater. This will help you to will catch small problems before they develop into bigger problems. Every once in a while, call the professionals to do preventive maintenance on the heater.

Having water heater issues?

Call (562) 413-1928 today to reach Prodigy Plumbing Inc.

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