Most people rely on their water heaters to provide hot water for showers, doing laundry, and washing dishes. Thus, when a water heater is not working properly, it can be quite disruptive. The good news is that if your water heater is not functioning as it should, it does not automatically mean that you need to purchase a new one. In many cases, water heater issues can be repaired by an experienced plumber. Some common water heater problems that can be repaired include:
Lack of Hot Water
It can be alarming to turn on the shower or sink and find that the water is lukewarm or cold. However, a lack of hot water does not necessarily indicate that your water heater has failed. In many cases, no hot water is caused by a faulty heating element. When the heating element inside a water heater stops working or doesn't work as well as it should, the water in the tank will be cold or lukewarm. A plumber can remove the bad heating element and install a new one; this will usually fix the issue.
Over time, homeowners tend to recognize the sounds that their water heaters make while turned on and heating the water in the tank. If your water heater begins making strange sounds, such as popping or cracking, it is in your best interest to be proactive and take action. When a water heater begins making popping and cracking sounds, it is often because sediment inside the tank is coming in contact with the heating element. In this type of situation, draining and flushing the water heater will remove the sediment build up and solve the issue.
Bad Water Quality
When you turn on the water in your home, it is normal to expect the water to be clean and clear. Thus, it may catch you off guard to see rusty-colored or smelly water flowing from the tap. In this type of situation, you need to determine if the problem happens with both cold and hot water. If only your hot water has issues, it is most likely due to a problem with your water heater. Rusty colored water can be due to iron build up inside the tank, while foul-smelling water is often caused by bacteria. A plumber can clean your water heater tank to resolve the problem.
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