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Troubleshooting Common Water Heater Problems

Troubleshoot Common Water Heater ProblemsWater heaters are an invaluable item in any home. They are depended upon to provide hot water for a variety of functions, including washing dishes, cleaning clothes, and bathing. Without the convenience of a properly functioning water heater, we would have to resort primitive means of heating our water…or taking very cold showers. That’s why water heater problems are more than just a nuisance. They’re a vital issue usually requiring immediate attention. Here are a few common water heater problems, complete with ways to troubleshoot them before calling in the professionals for help.

Hot Water That Doesn’t Last

It’s a common complaint among large families: “Don’t use all the hot water!” But when there are only two people living in the house, and you’re only taking 5-minute showers, then running out of hot water may be a problem with your water heater. This may just simply be an issue with the size of your water heater.
If you find that you continually use more hot water than your water heater can sufficiently supply, then you may want size up. But if the problem is fairly recent or the hot water disappears in a matter of seconds rather than minutes, there may be a bigger issue. Sometimes simply turning up the temperature dial on the water heater will allow the hot water to last longer, especially if cold temperatures are affecting your pipes.
If you’re only getting hot water for a limited time, you may actually be one of the lucky ones. Some people with water heater problems aren’t getting any hot water at all (or not hot enough to their liking). If you fall in one of these categories, your problem may be solved with a simple adjustment of the temperature dial. Another potential solution is to flush the water heater to rid it of excess mineral deposits.

Damaged Hot Water Heater

Another issue, and one on the more serious side, is a cracked or leaking water heater. Check for puddling beneath or around the water heater. If that doesn’t appear to be the issue, you should consider replacing the dip tube. The dip tube is the plastic tube that directs cold water to the bottom of the water heater. Old tubes may become cracked or split. In those cases, the cold water may run through the top of the tank, thereby mixing with the hot water, compromising its integrity.
If you notice a crack or leaking water, call the Brown’s hot water heater repair specialists to inspect the unit immediately.

Your Water Is Too Hot

This; again, may be solved by simply adjusting the temperature gauge in front of the water heater. But another issue to consider is a faulty temperature-pressure relief valve, which is designed to release excess pressure and built-up steam. If adjusting the temperature gauge doesn’t fix the problem after a few minutes, you may need to consult with a professional about replacing the relief valve.

Siss, Boom, Clank, Pop, and Gurgle Are the New Soundtrack of Your Life

Sometimes water heaters make odd sounds. These could be indicative of several things, but in short, your water heater is trying to tell you something. One common cause of the noises is mineral deposits inside the tank which can be caused by the buildup of hard water sediment heating up and exploding inside the tank. The best way to deal with them is to maintain a periodic tank flushing schedule for proper water heater efficiency.

Solving Your Water Heater Problems

No matter what your plumbing and water heater problems are, you shouldn’t have to live with them. At Brown’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, our expert technicians can have your problem diagnosed and repaired in no time. For questions on how to flush or drain your water heater, or any other troubleshooting issues contact us today.