With winter upon us and chilly temperatures setting in, it’s crucial to have working hot water in your home. The team at Short Pump Heating & Air wants to share some common water heater issues homeowners face and potential solutions so you can be prepared every winter.
No hot water: Do you have a gas-powered or electric water heater? If it’s gas-powered and you don’t have hot water, a pilot light may have gone out or been faulty. If you have an electric water heater, the cause could be a broken heating element. In this situation, it’s best to call a professional plumber to inspect and most likely replace the broken heating element.
Leaking or puddled water: If you see water puddling up or leaking from your tank, this could be caused by loose valves or plumbing connections. First, check for any loose knobs or bolts. If the leaking is still happening after tightening any visible elements, it may mean the actual tank is leaking, and the water heater likely needs to be replaced. Be sure to call a plumber to handle this type of repair.
Water is too hot: Luckily, this can be fixed without calling a plumber. Find your water heater tank and look for the temperature gauge to adjust. It may have been set too hot on your last checkup.
Rust-colored or smelly water: If you see anything but clear water or think your water stinks, this may be due to a buildup of corrosion or bacteria. If either of these occurs, it’s best to call a plumber to investigate.
Noisy water heater: If you can hear your water heater working, there might be an issue worth investigating. Often, this can mean there’s a buildup of sediment, which can usually be solved by flushing out the water heater.