3 Common Water Heater Problems That Homeowners Face

A properly functioning water heater is essential for ensuring a reliable hot water supply in your home. Unfortunately, it can experience various issues that affect its performance, causing inconvenience in your home.  

Here are some common water heater problems that can affect your domestic hot water supply.

Sediment Buildup

Sediment accumulation in a hot water tank is a common issue with traditional storage water heaters. It can occur due to many factors, including hard water, a dirty water supply, an aging tank, and neglected maintenance.

When sediment settles at the bottom of your hot water tank, it can create a thick insulative layer that prevents the water from getting hot quickly and efficiently. Consequently, you may experience problems, such as increased energy use, spiking utility bills, and noisy water heater operation, with your hot water system. Sediment buildup can also shorten the life span of your water heater.

Luckily, you can eliminate sediment from your hot water tank by flushing the tank. A hot water tank flush involves draining the water and sediment in the tank and refilling and draining the tank again and again until the water runs clear.

Water Heater Leaks

Over time, your hot water tank can develop leaks that not only waste precious hot water but can cause expensive water damage to your residential building. Water heater leaks also make your floors wet and slippery, creating dangerous situations for your family.

Several factors can cause your hot water tank to leak. These include age, corrosion, a faulty drain valve, or cracks within the tank itself. To stop water heater leaks, identify the underlying cause of the problem and make the necessary repairs. If the leaks are due to an old or corroded water tank, you may need to replace the entire unit.

Broken Thermostat

Your water heater thermostat is the component that regulates the temperature of the water coming out of your hot water faucets. If you don't have hot water in your home or the water isn't hot enough, the thermostat may be to blame.

Compare the thermostat temperature reading to the actual temperature of your hot water to determine if your thermostat is working correctly. If the temperature difference is too large, it indicates that the thermostat could be faulty and may need to be replaced.

While water heater problems don't usually result in plumbing emergencies, they can cause a lot of inconveniences if not addressed quickly and effectively. Contact a local plumber to learn more.