A water heater is one of the most satisfying things out inside your home especially when you are having a cold season. But you cannot really expect the device to work out properly throughout your entire life. It does not only offers convenience but comes with a lot of inconveniences as well. So, in this article, you will get to know what kinds of issues you can face for having a water heater in your home. We will not only talk about common water heater problems but also highlight the solutions that you can use to get rid of those problems. So here we go:
Most Common Water Heater Problems in 2019!
Failure to Heat
It is a common thing that some time or later, your water heater can stop producing hot water. In this case, the broken or malfunctioning heating elements can be the main culprit. If not, then such an incident can also happen because of the faulty thermostat or its incorrect setting. You can also blame the water heater if it trips the circuit breaker since it can also interrupt the power and stop the device to produce hot water. For this, the first thing you much do is to make sure your pilot light is on. If it’s out, then simply turn it on. If you think the problem is bigger, then either you have to replace the device or fix it by yourself or by some pros.
If you sense scalding hot water coming out of your water tap, then do understand that something is up with the water heater. The most common cause of this when the elements or the thermostats of the water heater are set too high. For this issue, you can preset the water heater to 120-degree Fahrenheit.
Besides, the sediment build-up can also cause the elements or the thermostats to get overheated. If that happens, then you will be required to drain or flush the water heater so you can remove the sediment.
One of the most annoying issues of the water heater. It happens when your tank-style water heater holds a lot of water at once. Besides, the problem can also occur for the faulty valve, faulty plumbing connection or corroded water heater tank.
The consequence of leakage can be messy and also can damage your home.
If you do not detect the water leaks for a long time, the damage can go worst. Relying on the placement of a water heater, a leak can damage your furniture, carpet and other belongings, it can mold and mildew growth, rot wall framing and floor joists.
If you want to avoid such an incident to occur, then you have to inspect your water heater at least twice a year. If you have placed your water heater on the upper floor of your home, then make sure you get a drip pan with a water alarm or drain inside it.
If you have placed a closed-loop water system which comes with a backflow preventer or valve, then make sure that the water heater is equipped with an expansion reservoir.
Another major issue of the water heater. Not only it makes the water rusty color but also causes leakage due to corrosion.
When the water is fresh, it tends to carry a lot of oxygen and a host of minerals while it gets into the water heater. As a result, the water heater gets inclined to corrosion.
For this, the water heater comes with an anode rod. It rests in the reservoir of the water heater and it’s a few inches shorter than the internal height of the water heater. The anode rod uses aluminum or magnesium as its main material, so it happens to undergo the same corrosion as the steel one.
The anode works through the corrosive components in the water. These components tend to corrode the heater for which it gets rusted. This is the reason why experts recommend to check the anode rod twice a year.
However, if you use a water softening produce, then you have to inspect the rod annually.
You can also replace a rod if you think that the current one has no way to fix. The best thing to do is to frequently replace the anode rod so that your water heats last longer and never gets corroded.
If you think the heater makes a popcorn or rumbling kind of noise, then it might have built up sediments.
Sediment built up is a common issue that occurs due to hard water which means water with a greater quantity of minerals. Over time, these minerals settle into the bottom of the reservoir of water heater that leads to creating a thick layer of sediments. This is what we call sediment build up.
Now, when these layers of sediment start to build, a small amount of water gets trapped beneath. Due to this, the water gets overheated for the burners and forms steam bubbles eventually. The upward movement of bubbles pushes the sediment pile and this creates the popping sound.
So, in this case, you need nothing but have an expert flush your water heater so that you don’t damage your water heater.
When you find out that the water heater is not producing enough hot water as it should produce, then there is a couple of reason that can cause this issue. Firstly, it can happen due to the faulty lower heating element or its thermostat. Secondly, it can happen due to crossed plumbing lines or improper installation. Thirdly it can cause due to faulty dip tube. In this case, you either have to fix the water heater element or the thermostat by a pro or you can to replace the element or thermostat so you can make the water heater last longer.
Now that you already know the problems, you can start taking preparation to find out the problems of the water heater. You can perform some tests with the tester or you can call an expert to help you fix the problem of the water heater. However, make sure that you inspect the device twice or thrice a month if you want it to last longer.
Hi this is Scott Wall, and I’ve always been keen on, making sure my plumbing is always in its prime and optimal working state. Since I used to be a plumber, I now help people make the right decisions, so they don’t need additional help later on!