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6 Problems with Your Home Water Heater

Jul 1

The water heater in your home is among the most essential appliances you have in your home. Although it might not be apparent to the naked eye all the time or on the forefront of your mind every single day each day, the fact is that you depend on the hot water supply it gives all day. This means that even minor problems can lead to a major disturbance. If you depend upon hot water to cook washing to clean as well as for the use of other appliances such as washing machines, a water heater problem will more or less make your life to a snarling and frustrating slow halt.

This means that it's essential to know a few of the most popular and most common reasons your water heater might not function properly. The more you are aware of these issues with your water heater the better equipped you'll be at identifying these issues and taking proper actions for yourself. Here are some of the most frequent problems with your water heater that you could encounter, the causes, and what you need to do to resolve them to get your hot water back.

Water Leaks

Water leaks may be the most prevalent kind of water heater problem you'll encounter. All water heaters will begin to leak over time, since the nature of water is that it will eventually cause corrosion to your tank and produce tiny cracks or cracks. However, this doesn't necessarily mean it's an indication that the tank is the cause of the leak. If the leak seems to originate at the bottom of the tank it could be an indication that your water lines aren't in good order. Make sure that your cold water intake pipes as well as hot water drain pipes are connected properly and are not rattling or loose in any way. If the leak is coming from the bottom of the pipe, there could be a problem that is caused by condensation. This issue is easily solved by increasing the thermostat. There is also the possibility of water flowing out of an overflow valve, or pressure relief valve. This could be an indication of corrosion to the tank which is why you should be replacing your tank as quickly as you can.

No Hot Water

Are you able to fill your tank with water, but nothing appears to be hot? It could be a problem with your heating source. In the case of electric water heaters that means the heating elements may have failed, or their electrical connections could be affected. For gas water heaters it could be due to a defective pilot light or an inefficient gas connection. If the pilot light on your unit is illuminated but the gas isn't igniting the flame, you may have an issue with the burner that must be fixed. If your heater is more recent and comes with Electronic ignition systems, look at your breaker box and see whether the circuit that the water heater is connected to has been tripped. If it has, you can restart it and you'll be able to get your water heater to light once more.

Strange Smelling Hot Water

If you experience a distinct smell after turning on the hot water, it's possible that your tank is suffering from an accumulation of bacteria. Turn the temperature up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The bacteria that are present in the tank will disappear because of the temperature. But, be sure that you avoid using hot water during this procedure, as the water can cause severe burns when your skin gets exposed. Then, turn the temperature up and wait for about an hour, then turn it lower and wait until the temperature drops again prior to running any hot water.

If the issue persists, you might require having your tank cleaned using the use of chlorine bleach.

Tank Takes Ages to Reheat

If you're feeling like your water heater is taking too long to heat up the water, you may have one of several other issues. The thermostat could be set to a low temperature and your heater isn't putting out enough energy to warm the water fast enough. It could also be that you have an issue in your gas line, for example, a weak gas pressure or a dirty vent flue or an unclean burner orifice that is preventing proper gas flow. Cleaning these parts can solve your issue.

In many instances, water heaters that take too long to warm up is often a result of the heater that's not able to serve a home. It drains itself and is then not given the chance to completely fill up and reheat before being re-used which results in water that is lukewarm moving through the pipes. It appears as if your water heater is never heating up when in reality, it hasn't been given enough time.

Low Hot Water Pressure

For older houses, the main limitation to pressure in water is the smaller 1/2 " plumbing which was the standard for construction for many years. Modern homes are equipped with bigger 3/4 " plumbing that can handle more water flow, but the only solution to this problem in an older house is to do complete refitting. This isn't an easy job.

But, if you have modern plumbing at the home you might be able to boost the water pressure by making sure that the aerators inside your sink aren't clogged (which will happen with time). Also, be sure to check the valve that connects your water to ensure that it isn't accidentally closed.

Water Too Hot or Too Cold

Are you experiencing unsteady temperatures of water inside your furnace? Does the water become either too hot or hot but not enough, regardless of the way you set your thermostat? This indicates that your thermostat may be experiencing issues. It could be necessary to replace your thermocouple or clean it to run temperatures in a proper way. But, water that is too cold can indicate an issue with gas flow. If the flow of your gas isn't sufficient or even adequate to meet your needs, your burner will not be able to heat the water inside the tank.

Have you got a problem with your water heater? Fix it with Quality Water Heater Service. We have the best water heater repair San Jose experts to help you.


Quality Water Heater Service

950 S Bascom Ave #2113, San Jose, CA 95128

(408) 679-5820