5 Most Common Problems With Water Heaters

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5 Most Common Problems With Water Heaters

5 Common Water Heater Issues

Hot water is a home comfort necessity, but many homeowners probably never think about the hot water heater until there’s a problem. When that happens, even the slightest disruption can be a major inconvenience. It’s always a good idea to have the number of a reliable plumber near you at the ready, so minor issues can be handled quickly before they become large problems. Masters Heating & Cooling has trained plumbers ready to handle any plumbing challenge you may face, especially water heater repairs.  

There are several issues that can occur with it that would cause diminished or no hot water. Sometimes water heaters may even have foul odor. Let’s consider the five top water heater challenges homeowners may face.

Leaking

Both storage tank and tankless water heaters can experience leaks. If you have a storage tank water heater, a leak could signify a hole in the tank itself, which means it needs to be replaced. If the water seems to be coming from the top of the unit, then the problem is likely a valve or fitting. Tankless water heaters can experience leaks where pipes are joined together as well. 

Weird Smells

If you smell an odor like rotten eggs when you turn on the hot water, the anode rod may need to be replaced. Other odors could be caused by a buildup of bacteria in the tank. You could increase the temperature of the water to around 140 degrees Fahrenheit to kill the bacteria, but DO NOT USE THE HOT WATER AT THIS TEMPERATURE as injury could result. After about an hour, decrease the temperature to the previous setting and wait a few hours for the water to cool before using. If this doesn’t solve the issue, call Masters to learn other water heater repair options.

Takes a Long Time to Heat the Water

If the water is taking a long time to get hot, and you have a gas water heater, you may have a gas connection issue or other problems like dirt in the flue or burner orifice. Contact Masters for help with these issues. Another cause could be a lack of capacity. The size water heater you have isn’t keeping up with the demand. Finally, you could have a problem with either the upper or lower heating elements.

Water Is Too Hot

If the temperature of the water is too hot, you likely just need to lower the temperature to a setting that you prefer. The factory setting on most new water heaters is 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

No Hot Water

If you have no hot water at all in your electric water heater, check to make sure a breaker hasn’t popped. An interruption in the power supply may be the culprit. There could also be a problem with either heating element or even with the thermostat. The skilled plumbers at Masters can easily solve these repair needs.

Call Masters Heating & Cooling For Help With Your Water Heater

Other symptoms that could indicate you need a water heater repair are rust-colored water or low water pressure. Whatever water heater issue you’re having, Masters Heating & Cooling has the experience to help. Call our office today to learn more.