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4 Common Water Heater Problems

Water heaters have become an indispensable part of our daily lives, providing us with the convenience of hot water for bathing, cleaning, and other household needs. While these appliances are known for their durability, they are not immune to issues that can disrupt your schedule. In this brief article brought to you by Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we will explore four common water heater problems, identify their usual suspects, and provide simple troubleshooting tips.

It's important to emphasize the importance of seeking professional help to prevent costly inconveniences. DIY water heater repair could end up doing more harm than good. Rooter Hero offers competitive pricing, and we provide price estimates upfront. Call Rooter Hero to hire a uniformed plumber today.

No Hot Water!

Well, this is certainly the most obvious complaint. Sediment buildup, a faulty heating element, and a thermostat issue are just some of the possible culprits that come to mind. If your water heater is not producing hot water, then consider the following troubleshooting tips.

First, check the thermostat settings and make sure they are at the desired temperature. If the settings are correct, sediment accumulation could be hindering the heat transfer in the water heater. To address this, flush the tank to remove sediment.

Rusty or Discolored Water

Do you notice your hot water is discolored or rusty? The septic tank as well as the plumbing pipes are susceptible to corrosion, and the rust and other particles could make their way through your faucet or showerhead. The anode rod is meant to prevent such issues, but it can only do so much.

To determine if the anode rod is the problem, inspect it for excessive corrosion. If it appears worn out, replacing the anode rod might solve the issue. Flushing the tank can also help remove rust particles and improve water quality.

Strange Noise

Your water heater should produce minimal noise, and the sounds coming from it should be predictable. If you notice loud and unusual popping or rumbling noises, then you might be hearing water boiling! The temperature & pressure relief valve protects water tanks from overheating, but they can malfunction. Test your T&P valve regularly!

If you hear popping or rumbling noises, sediment could be accumulating at the bottom of the tank, causing uneven heating. Flushing the tank can often resolve this issue and restore quiet operation.

Water Leaking

The water heater can form condensation in certain situations, but if you are noticing a lot of water leakage, then there may be temperature and pressure valve issues. It may also be an indication of tank corrosion.

Check the pressure relief valve for leaks or signs of moisture. If the valve appears faulty, it might need replacement. Moreover, inspect the tank for any visible signs of corrosion or water pooling around the unit. If corrosion is present, then you will likely need a water heater replacement.

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