Being in the plumbing and heating & cooling industry for so many years, we’ve had the opportunity to deal with almost every water heater problem, and we’ve listed the five most common water heater problems for you.
Your water heater is one of the essential parts of your household’s comfort system. Showering, washing clothes, bathing, and cleaning dishes aren’t possible if your water heater can’t keep up. When your water heater is acting up, it’s important to respond quickly and troubleshoot the problem. Here are the five most common water heater problems that you may experience and how to best deal with them.
No Hot Water
If your water heater isn’t working at all, the first thing you want to do is to ensure that your pilot light is on. If it is out, just simply turn it on. If the pilot light is working and you’re not getting hot water, it indicated a greater problem, and you should contact an expert at Einstein Plumbing and Heating for help.
Not Enough Hot Water
Running out of hot water is frustrating, and a few different issues can cause it. In this issue, your water heater’s thermostat may not be functioning properly, or it’s likely that your water heater is too small. Consider investing in a bigger water heater or even looking into a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters are a bit more pricey, but you will never run out of hot water, and it’s worth the investment.
Water Temperature Too Hot or Cold
Usually, the thermostat may just be set a bit too high or too low. Try adjusting the thermostat to the wanted temperature. If that doesn’t solve the problem, you might have a faulty thermostat, or there may be a sediment build-up in your tank. To solve this, drain your water heater, clean it out and refill it. If you find no sediment, you may need a new thermostat or heating element. Call our plumbers to do an assessment.
The Water is Colored
Rusty colored water tells you that your water heater is now rusting and corroding away. You need to replace your anode rod. An anode rod serves to prevent rust from collecting in your tank, or you may require a water heater replacement.
Hot Water Heater Leaking
The most common and annoying hot water heater problem. It may be caused by a broken drain valve, too much pressure build up in the tank, corrosion, and rust, or condensation builds up. If you notice a leak, it’s best to call a professional at Einstein Plumbing and Heating for immediate help. It will save you money and time to have an expert diagnose and fix the problem.
A water heater is a valued appliance in your Oregon, Washington, and Nevada home which is why you should be aware of these common water heater problems. If you do see any problems with your water heater, plumbing, heating & cooling or with your sewer & main line, give Einstein Plumbing and Heating a call at 888-671-7767 or email us at [email protected], we can diagnose and fix your water heater quickly and efficiently.