The Most Common Hot Water Heater Problems

The hot water heater is truly the MVP of your home’s appliances. It keeps your showers warm, cleans your dishes, washes your clothes, and helps in so many other basic household tasks. Unless you’re away from the home for an extended period, we’ll bet you use your water heater every day. But, like all other appliances, your hot water heater will wear down and experience problems. All too often, homeowners let small issues turn into big ones, that’s why we’re sharing the most common hot water heater problems.

Too Little Hot Water

One of the most annoying issues you could have with a hot water heater is when there’s not enough hot water. If you’re facing this problem, chances are it’s an issue with your water heater’s thermostat. With most water heaters, you can fix this easily on your own. All you need to do is adjust the thermostat on the heater itself. If you can’t find the thermostat, or are still experiencing temperature issues after adjusting, a professional plumber can help you.

No Hot Water at All

Possibly the most disruptive issue is no hot water at all. This problem could go one of two ways. Either the circuit breaker was tripped, and you need to check the breaker box. Or, an essential element in your hot water heater failed. If you’ve reset the breakers and are still without hot water, it’s time to call a plumber ASAP.

Water with an Odor

If you notice an unpleasant smell coming from your hot water, this is cause for major concern. It most likely means bacteria found its way into your water heater. If your skill level is high enough, you can attempt to remedy this on your own. Simply flush the tank, then fill it with fresh water and hydrogen peroxide. Let the solution sit for about two hours, then flush with fresh water. If you’re still noticing a foul odor, it’s time to call a plumber.

Leaking Hot Water Heater

If you notice your tank starting to leak, unfortunately there’s not a lot you can do. Like all appliances, water heaters have a lifespan; typically, 8-12 years. If you suspect your hot water heater is reaching that age, it’s time for a new one. When it comes to making that decision, a plumber will be the best guide. They can help you navigate through the tricky world of water heaters. Tank or tankless? Gas or electric? A professional plumber will assess your needs and advise you to the best solution.

Experiencing Any of These Issues? Call Moore Home Services.

Do you have any questions about your hot water heater or want to explore your options? Ask one of the expertly trained HVAC technicians at Moore Home Services. We proudly serve Santa Rosa, and most surrounding communities. Please reach out to our friendly call center representatives or click here to request an appointment online.