Common Water Heater Problems And Troubleshooting Tips
The hot water heaters in our homes are something we don’t really think about until there’s an issue. It works behind the scenes, providing us our hot water on demand. Problems do crop up, however, and sometimes we can fix the issue ourselves, and sometimes we need a professional’s help. Here are some of the common issues with hot water heaters, and ways to deal with them.
Issues with the heater’s water temperature are quite common. The water may be cold, warm, but not hot, or too hot.
Too Cold: This is usually caused by a lack of power, problems with the thermostat, or issues with the heating element. You can eliminate what the problem is by checking the circuit breaker, and re-setting any tripped breakers. Make sure any power switches are on, and power indicators are lit. Make sure the thermostat is receiving power.
Warm Water: This can be caused by an undersized water heater, a mix up between the hot and cold water connections, or issues with the thermostat or heating element. If you suspect the lines are crossed, turn off the water supply, and turn on a hot water faucet. If the water still flows, you may have an issue with that. A professional is best to handle issues with the thermostat or heating elements.
Too Hot: If the water is too hot, it usually means the thermostat is set too high. The manual for your water heater should have instructions on how to set the temperature, and what’s the ideal temperature. It’s usually between 120 and 140 degrees.
If your heater is leaking water, there can be several causes. You may have a faulty temperature and pressure valve, issues with the water pressure, overheating, loose heating element bolts, a leaky appliance nearby, a bad gasket, or a leaking water tank. Look for loose connections, and tighten where needed. Unfortunately, storage tanks corrode from the inside, which means that if your tank is leaking, it may be the beginning of the end for your tank.
If you’re turning on the hot water, and it’s rusty-colored, it’s a sign that your tank’s inner lining is corroding. This is usually caused by a faulty anode rod, and requires a professional.
If you’re hearing weird noises coming from your hot water heater, that’s usually a sign that sediment has built up, and needs to be flushed out. If you flush your tank, and the problem persists, it’s probably time to call in a professional.
Water heater experts in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio
Figuring out what’s wrong with your water heater may require a licensed professional. For recommendations and a free estimate to repair, install or replace a water heater in your home, talk to the pros at Ohio Buckeye Plumbing. To schedule an appointment, call (440) 283-9377.