Common Issues with Water Heaters

 Plumber Checking Water Heater

A hot shower at the end of the day can be all you need to relieve stress, but getting blasted by cold water can be infuriating. What’s worse is the hot water running out in the middle of a shower, leaving you shivering. How about the pool of water in the basement due to a leaking water heater?

All of these issues are caused by problems with the water heater. It is essential to ensure regular repair and maintenance of your water heater to avoid such problems. Moreover, looking for signs of water heater problems can save you from costly repairs and replacements. 

Here are some of the most common water heater problems:

Damaged or Loose In-Line Valve

A water leak at the top of the system could be due to a loose or faulty in-line valve. This problem can be fixed by replacing or tightly securing the damaged valve. However, if the water leak is at the bottom of the tank, it requires replacement. It is best to consult an experienced plumber to fix the problem efficiently and avoid costly repairs in the future. 

Insufficient Hot Water 

Running out of hot water can be frustrating, but unfortunately, it can be a common issue with a water heater if it has been running for years. It could also be caused due to other reasons, including faulty thermostats, frequent use of hot water, cracked dip tubes, or other damage. Getting the water heater thoroughly checked is essential to repair the issue before the problem becomes severe. 

Odd Smell in the Water 

A strange smell in hot water is one of the most common problems with the water heater. It is a sign there might be bacteria build-up in the tank. A simple solution is increasing the temperature to 140◦F for an hour to kill all the bacteria in the tank. 

Be sure not to use any water throughout this time, as it could result in burn injuries. Turn the temperature back to normal and wait a few hours to check the water. If the smell isn’t gone, it might be time to call in a professional plumber to inspect the water heater. 

Leaking Water Heater 

Leaking heater is another common issue that could be due to several issues, including: 

  • Bad gasket
  • Condensation build-up
  • High temperature or water pressure in the tank
  • Rust and corrosion
  • Stuck or broken drain valve
  • Wobbly or damaged heating element bolts

Loose bolts can easily be fixed, but other problems require a professional’s help. Make sure you switch off the water heater to avoid other issues and call a skilled plumber for inspection and repair. 

Consult Experienced Plumbers at Bay Water Plumbing 

When the in-line valve is damaged or there is an odd smell in hot water, consulting a licensed plumber is integral to avoid costly water heater repairs and replacements. Our professional team of plumbers thoroughly assesses the water heater problems and provides you with the most cost-effective solutions. Get in touch to get a free estimate.

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