There are several common issues that can arise with a home water heater. Some of these issues include a lack of hot water, water that is not hot enough, and water that is too hot. Other common issues include a water heater that is making strange noises, leaking, or not working at all.

Common water heater issues

  • Too Much Sediment Buildup

Even the purest drinking water may contain tiny quantities of minerals. Minerals are fine in small amounts; however, as more water is introduced into and exits the tank, it creates dirt. This may affect the system’s functions since insufficient water will fit in the tank as sediment builds up.

If you find lots of sediment in your tank, you might hear noises when the sediment gets close to the heating element and burns away. If the debris covers the heating element, it may cause it to be buried, making heating less efficient. To eliminate debris, you’ll have to flush your tank regularly.

  • Colored or Smelly Water

If you don’t remove the sediment from your tank, bacteria may begin to grow. This can cause you or your family to become sick when you drink the water. Additionally, it can result in unpleasant odors in the water.

However, If the water isn’t stinky but appears rusty, there could be corrosion in your water heater. Tanks typically contain a protective coating that helps stop corrosion from occurring, and rusting in the water can suggest that the barrier has failed. In this instance, you will likely need to install the replacement of your water heater.

  • Water is Too Hot or Cold

The water heater is responsible for keeping water at a particular temperature. When you turn on the faucet, you can set the degree of heat you would like to get from the water. But, if your water heater has been set to a high temperature, this could cause it to become too hot. Not only is this a waste of money, but it can also increase the chance of burning.

In the same way, water might be too cold because the thermostat is set to a low temperature. In any case, you can resolve the issue by changing the thermostat on your water heater. Another reason the water might be too cold could be sediment buildup. However, ineffective heating could indicate that the heating element is not working correctly.

  • Leaking Water

Your tank for your water heater shouldn’t leak. However, if you do notice leaks, something is incorrect. It could be that the outlet or inlet pipes aren’t sufficiently tightened. In other cases, it could signal that the valve has failed or begun leaking.

However, sometimes pools of water on the tank’s bottom can signify that the tank has suffered due to corrosion. If this happens, the tank likely needs replacing.

The advantage of hiring the services of one of our certified plumbers, who will complete the work for you, is that you can be assured that it will be completed with precision and professionalism and without you having to waste your time working on it. If you’re looking for an experienced plumber and want to make an appointment for water heater installation in Ellsworth, contact our professionals by calling Matt’s Electric, Heating, and Air Conditioning at (715) 273-6153 or email us today!