Water Heater: Common Issues and How to Solve Them

Written by Lillian Connors
20
Jun

The most common things you do during the day wouldn’t be possible without a water heater. That includes showering, washing clothes, bathing, and cleaning dishes, which means that you’re in trouble if it malfunctions. However, the good thing is that you can diagnose if you have a problem with the water heater on your own while doing these things. Unless you have a problem with leaking thank, these problems are easy to solve and not too costly. You just have to respond quickly and troubleshoot the problem. So, here are some of the most common water heater problems and how to fix them.

No hot water

This is the most aggravating problem with a water heater which implies that it’s not working at all. To fix this problem you will have to check if the energy source is producing heat. So, if you have an electric water heater, check the main switch on the water heater and the circuit breaker (or fuse) that serves the water heater. Nevertheless, if you have a gas water heater, make sure the gas line to the water heater is turned on. If you still have a problem, then it’s time to call an expert for help.

Not enough hot water

There are a few things that can cause running out of hot water to soon. Sometimes it’s just about outside temperature that has dropped significantly, so the water heater must work harder to heat-up. Nevertheless, it can also mean that the thermostat may not be functioning properly, or that your water heater is too small. In the first case, just adjust the temperature dial on the front of the water heater. However, if your water heater is too small, you should consider investing in a bigger one or even looking into a tankless water heater. This problem usually happens when you install a big new soaking tub or a high-flow shower head.

Water temperature too hot or cold

First, you have to check if the thermostat is set a bit too high or too low and adjust it to the wanted temperature. But if steam or excessively hot water shoots out of the faucets, this condition can be dangerous because it can scald people. Genuine experts, as these hot water plumbers from Canberra, can help you fix this problem and avoid unnecessary health hazards. Also, the cause of this problem can be a sediment build-up in your tank. So, just drain your water heater, clean it out and refill it.

The water is colored

Nobody wants to drink rusty water, but iron, copper, and other minerals can cause discoloration in the water. The solution can be simple – just install a whole house water filter and/or a water softener. But you may need to replace your anode rod because it prevents rust from collecting in your tank.

Hot water odors

If you have this problem with both hot and cold water, or if only the cold water that smells, the problem is more likely related to your source water. However, if you can smell odor only when the hot water is running, then the problem may be in the reaction in anode rod or sulfates in water. First, just let the hot water run for two or three minutes. If it still smells a bit like rotten eggs, try to flush the hot water heater tank. Still smells bad? You may need the anode rod replaced.  But if you smell a garlic-like scent, you may have to turn OFF the gas valve control. Moreover, if the gas smell is strong and doesn’t dissipate, turn off the gas supply valve, ventilate the space, and call a plumber as soon as possible.

It’s important to remember that water leaks can be dangerous, and you will probably have to replace a water heater. Nevertheless, most of the problems are solvable, so react quickly and there won’t be any pricey damages.