What Are the Most Common Water Heater Issues?
Water heaters are essential for providing heated water to households. However, like any appliance, they can encounter issues over time.
Below are some of the most common problems experienced with water heaters:
One of the most common signs that there is an issue with a water heater is when it starts leaking from the tank or through connections in the hot and cold water pipes.
This is often caused by damage to the tank or corrosion due to age. It can also be caused by high pressure in the system or insufficient pipe insulation leading to condensation on pipes outside of the heater.
If left unchecked, a leaky tank can lead to further damage that will require even more costly repairs or replacement of the entire unit.
Rust-Colored Hot Water
Another sign that something may be wrong with your water heater is if you notice rust-colored hot water coming from taps. This is usually due to corrosion inside the tank, which causes it to break down and release particles into the water supply.
This can also occur if too much sediment builds up at the bottom of the tank, blocking proper flow and causing discoloration of hot water as it exits through corroded parts of the heating element or tank walls.
Flushing out sediment buildup every once in a while can help prevent this issue from occurring as well as regular maintenance checks on all components within the unit.
If strange noises start emanating from your water heater during operation, it could be an indication that there is an issue within its internal components.
Or, you may have an issue with sediment build-up at the water heater base, requiring flushing out before further damages arise.
Not Enough Hot Water
Not getting enough hot water when turning on taps? That could be because either your water heater’s thermostat has become faulty and needs adjustment/replacement.
Additionally, sediment buildup at its base could cause restriction of flow limiting output – so don't forget about regular water heater flushes!
Poor Heating Efficiency
Over time, layers of mineral deposits sticking onto heating elements can reduce their efficiency.
This reduces heating capacity preventing them from reaching optimal temperatures — especially when you start running multiple appliances and faucets simultaneously. They will all compete for power and thus split available thermal energy amongst themselves leaving you with lukewarm results every time you turn on taps expecting piping-hot liquid goodness!
Furthermore, insulation around pipes leading up and away from tanks may have degraded over time. This can cause loss of heat along the way, reducing overall effectiveness and performance at delivering heated H2O straight out of your tap.
Experiencing any of these issues? Call us or reach out online to request your water heater service. No matter the issue, we can help.