Is your hot water heater acting up? At BVS Home Experts, we offer a full line of plumbing services, including hot water heater repairs and service. While you know you have a problem when you wake up to no hot water, sometimes other issues with water heaters are more subtle. Here are some common problems you may face with your hot water heater. By watching for these problems, you can give us a call before you end up jumping in a cold shower.
Unusually Colored Hot Water
Your hot water should look just like your cold water. If it’s coming out rust colored, then it may be because the anode rod has failed and the tank has started to rust. This can also happen with gas water heaters if they start to corrode. While it is not an emergency, it is something you should address quickly before you face bigger problems down the road.
Leaks or Water Puddles
You should not have leaks or water puddles around your hot water heater. If you notice this, then you may have a faulty connection or a leaking heating element. Corrosion in the water heater storage tank or a faulty valve can also cause leaking. These are problems that should be addressed by a skilled plumber to prevent further damage to your water heater or a complete rupture.
Water Is Too Hot
Usually, if the water coming out of the hot water heater is too hot, you simply need to dial down the temperature setting. However, if your water heater does not have a control, or you have it set around 120 degrees and the water is still too hot, the heating element inside the thermostat may be malfunctioning.
Inefficient Hot Water
Most homes, unless they have tankless water heaters, will struggle with lack of hot water when they have a high demand day, but if this is daily then you may have a problem. Sometimes this is because the hot water heater is too small for your household’s daily demand, in which case an upgrade is needed. However, crossed plumbing lines due to improper installation can also cause this problem.
Your hot water heater should not have an unpleasant smell. If it starts to smell like rotten eggs, it’s likely due to bacteria in the heater tank that is dying and decaying. This creates hydrogen gas that exits the plumbing along with the heated water and indicates you need to clean or replace your water heater.
Whining noises from your water heater typically signal scale buildup on the heating elements. Popping or rumbling sounds mean too much sediment on the bottom of the tank, which allows the water near the bottom to boil instead of heating properly. Either problem indicates you need a repair call.
If you’re experiencing these problems with your water heater in your Katy home, it may be facing imminent failure. BVS Home Experts can help. Call 281-391-1510 or contact us online to schedule hot water heater service in your Katy home.