Trouble Shooting These 5 Water Heater Issues

Posted on June 15th, 2019 by Matthew

When it comes to your home’s plumbing, your water heater is the heart of it. Working hard to flow hot water throughout your home, when you need it most. When the center of your plumbing begins to show issues, the rest of your home can suffer. So if you are experiencing any of these five water heater issues, here’s what they could mean:

1. Water Leaking From The Top

If you’re noticing water collecting on the top of your water heater, you’ll want to check your inlet and outlet pipes, to ensure they are tight. Another cause could be from your temperature valve or inlet valve.

2. A Leak From The Bottom

A common cause and easy fix could be condensation. The first thing you should do, if you see water pooling around your water heater, is turn up the thermostat. Other causes could be a loose valve somewhere. If you notice there is a specific spot or leak, corrosion could be the cause, and a replacement might be needed.

3. Constantly Losing Hot Water

If it’s a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is lit. If it’s electric, check the circuit breaker. If these are both on/ not tripped, it could be a part issue that will need replacement. Another common problem of losing hot water is tank size. By going to a tankless unit, you can ensure hot water on demand when you need it, and you’ll even save space.

4. Strange Noises

Your water heater should be relatively silent. If you are starting to hear a new set of sounds coming from it, it could be the sign of build up, leak, pressure in the tank. Though these don’t necessarily mean a significant issue, they should still be checked in case.

5. Discolored Water

If your water is coming out with a rusty tinge, it’s time to call for a repair. The color you are seeing is often a sign that corrosion is happening somewhere in the tank, and the longer it’s ignored, the more corrosion will occur throughout the system.

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