Unexpected issues that affect your home’s hot water supply can upset your family’s day-to-day routine if they’re not dealt with promptly. Troubleshooting water heater problems isn’t difficult, and it can help you make simple fixes on your own or let you know when a plumber’s help is needed. Here are some common water heater issues and how to troubleshoot them.
Sudden Drop in Water Temperature
If sediment is allowed to accumulate on the heater’s gas burner or electric elements, you can expect to see see a decline in water temperature. A malfunctioning thermostat or disintegrating dip tube can cause this issue as well. To find out what needs to be done, have the appliance checked by a licensed plumber.
No Hot Water
If you have a gas-fired water heater, put the gas valve on “pilot” and check whether there’s a flame. If it’s gone out, follow your owner’s manual instructions to relight it. If you have an electric unit, look for a tripped circuit breaker in your main electrical panel. If neither of these fixes work, it’s time to call a professional plumber.
Loud Noises in the Tank
Sediment buildup in the tank can make the water boil violently and make loud knocking or popping sounds. Getting the tank flushed out should help eliminate the noise. To prevent a recurrence and boost the heater’s energy efficiency, have it flushed twice a year.
Leaking Water Tank
If the water is coming from the drain valve, tightening the knob may be all that’s necessary. If you’re not sure where the water leak originates, take a close look at the tank’s exterior. Common vulnerable areas are around the pressure relief valve, water line connections, electric element bolts or the tank’s welded seams. To get the issue resolved with as little inconvenience as possible, have a qualified plumber locate the source of the leak and let you know if it’s repairable or if you’ll need to replace the water heater.
For expert help troubleshooting water heater problems in your Grand Traverse County home, contact the comfort pros at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today.
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