Common Water Heater Problems

Common Water Heater Problems

A water heater is a godsend in winter. A functional water heater ensures an uninterrupted supply of hot water. Just like other household appliances, water heaters can develop problems. A malfunctioning water heater can cause inconvenience.

Here are some common water heater issues and their causes found by a multitude of water heater services in Santa Rosa.

No Hot Water

This is one of the most frustrating water heater problems. After all, what good is a water heater that does not produce any hot water? If there is no hot water, check if the circuit breaker has tripped.

Other common reasons why water heaters stop producing hot water include damaged or malfunctioning heating elements, an inaccurate thermostat setting, or a bad thermostat. Often times, the switch trips due to the water being too hot. Remember to check your thermostat’s limit or reset switch.

Leaking or Pooling Water

A leak near the top of your water heater could mean one of these things:

  • The cold inlet or hot outlet pipes are loose
  • The inlet valve is leaking
  • The T & P valve has failed

If your electric water heater is leaking from the bottom, check your electric heating element gasket to see whether it is leaking. Check if a small amount of water is being expelled through the overflow pipe. This usually happens when the T & P valve opens to release excess pressure in the tank.

Water is Too Hot

If the water is too hot when it comes out from your tap, check the thermostat to see whether the temperature is set too high.

Water Heater Makes Weird Noises

Popping, hissing, banging, or knocking voices from a water heater indicate build-up on the heating elements or excess sediment build-up in the tank. Other common causes of unusual noises include excess pressure inside the tank, leaks, and noisy pipes.

Dirty or Rust Colored Water

More often than not, dirty water indicates that the anode rod or the tank itself has corroded. If you do not move swiftly to address the problem, you may end up with extensive damage and may have to replace your heater.

If the water is not rusty but dirty or discolored, check the heating elements for scale build-up.

Low Hot Water Pressure

If you are experiencing low water pressure, check whether you have ½ -inch diameter galvanized piping entering and leaving your water heater. In this case, the only solution is have ¾-inch piping installed by a licensed professional that will allow more water to flow through.

Holman Plumbing offers top-notch water heater repair services in Santa Rosa. Whether you have an electric heater or a gas heater, our team will get to the root cause of your problem and eliminate it. For help, call (707) 495-5002.

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