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6 most common water heater problems?

The water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home. It heats up water so you can take a shower, wash dishes, and do laundry. If you have problems with your water heater it’s important to get them fixed right away so they don’t cause bigger problems down the line. With that said, here are 6 common issues that will help you troubleshoot any problem you may be having with your water heater.

The 6 most common issues are:

– Leaks from pipes or fittings on the tank,

– Pressure relief valve failure,

– Thermostat malfunctions/shorted electrical connections/inoperable heating element ,

– Tankless-to-tank conversion not done correctly or pressure relief valve installed incorrectly.

When you are ready to install your new water heater, you first need to turn off the existing water heater. The water pressure for the water heater can be very high which can blow away the water heater elements or cause cracks in the water tank. The shut-off valve turns off the water and checks that there is no leakage of water from the water lines, water heater connection, drain pan, relief valve, water storage tank top, water pressure regulator, or water inlet line.

Water heaters are typically set to 100 F for maximum efficiency. Verify that faucet’s valves are not marked hot or cold or labeled red and blue when turned off. After the water is turned on electric water heaters and all water heaters eventually wear out and start to leak, drip, or burst water lines. Here are the six most common water heater problems along with possible causes.

Water Heater Leaking

When the water heater starts to leak, there is water somewhere on your floor. Water can come from around the base of the water heater where the water lines connect, from the water heater relief valve and drain valve, or from the water or gas fittings.

Check for water leaks at all water connections. The water pressure in electric water heaters should be set no higher than 100 pounds per square inch to avoid having water seep past the water tube elements. Water pressure can be reduced at the water meter.

If water is leaking from the water heater, the water can be turned off on the water meter or the electric water heater in the circuit breaker box can be turned off by turning off the power. Then open any faucet in the house and check that there is no water leakage in the electric side after the water lines have cooled down. If water leakage stops, the water pressure can be too high.

If water is leaking from the water heater relief valve or drain valve, these valves will need to be replaced. If water is running out of water fittings for the gas water heater, water lines will need to be repaired. Our reliable plumbers provide quality water heater installation services.

Water Heater Not Getting Hot Enough

When the water is hot, but not hot enough, the water heater may need to be replaced or the water heating elements in the gas water heater cleaner may be needed.

When the water in the electric water heater doesn’t get hot enough, water heating elements may have worn out and needed replacement. Elements in gas water heaters can be cleaned by turning off the power at the circuit breaker box. Then turn on a hot water faucet in the house and hold a piece of wire screen or very fine wire into the water outlet. If water cuts off, the water heating elements may have been partially plugged by mineral deposits.

Water Heater Overflowing

Electric water heaters can heat water up to the boiling point and trip the high-temperature limit switch that turns off the power to the water heater. Turn off the power in the circuit breaker box when the water overflows from the water heater. Reset the water temperature limit switch by pressing the reset button on the water heater control box.

Conclusion:  “You may not think about your water heater very often, but it’s worth knowing about the most common problems with them.” The 6 most common types of issues that can happen to a tankless or traditional hot water system are listed below. 

If you need more information on how to identify and fix these six water heating problems check out this blog post for comprehensive advice.

Author Bio:- Laura Harnes 

Laura is a marketing manager at All Star Plumbing & Restoration. With years of experience in the plumbing industry, she loves to create awareness about the causes, problems, and repair solutions of water damage and slab leak. She shares expert tips to lower utility bills and keep your AC, heater, and other appliances in optimum condition leading to a longer lifespan.

Check all the recent articles and know everything about water damage repair, slab leak repair, tools to remove clogging, and HVAC appliances installation, maintenance, and repair.



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