Some common water heater issues and ways to troubleshoot them

September 13, 2022
Water Heater in Detroit, MI

The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting colder. It won’t be too much longer until you will be welcoming a hot shower on a cold morning.

But, then you stumble into the bathroom in December expecting a warm shower to start your day and are greeted with nothing but cold water. Do you know how to troubleshoot your water heater for some of the more common problems they experience?

Here are some common water heater issues and some tips on how to troubleshoot them:

Water temperature problems

If the water is too cold, the problem is usually caused by a lack of power, a faulty thermostat or a bad heating element. Start by making sure the circuit to the water heater is turned on and the power switches are engaged. If the water is warm, make sure your temperature setting is turned to at least 120 degrees. Then check the heating element or thermostat. If the water is too hot, it usually means the temperature is set too high. If the problem does turn out to be a bad thermostat or heating element, you may need to call in a professional.

A leaky water heater

Water heater leaks can be caused by:

  • Faulty temperature and relief valves
  • Improper water pressure
  • Overheating
  • Stuck valves
  • A bad gasket
  • A rusted tank

Most of these problems will need to be addressed by a professional. Unfortunately, if the problem is a corroded tank, your water heater will soon need to be replaced.

Discolored water

Rusty water usually means that your tank’s inner lining has corrosion, often caused by a failing anode rod. A professional can determine if replacing the rod will fix the problem, but, if not, it may be time to replace the water heater.

Odd noises

No, it’s probably not ghosts in your tank, but noises are usually a result of sediment buildup. You can try to fix this by flushing the water heater. But, if you try this and the problem isn’t resolved, the sediment buildup may be too great and a new water heater is in order.

Just remember that, unlike your air conditioner or your dishwasher, a water heater is something that is used every day, all year round. It needs the same maintenance consideration you give your HVAC system in the spring or the fall.

At C & C Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re ready to help you with any type of tank or tankless water heater project you may have. We work with such name brands as A.O. Smith, Bradford White, Rheem and Rinnai for your water heating needs.

If you’re not getting the hot water your family needs to be comfortable, give us a call at (568) 439-3319, and we’ll send help as soon as possible.

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