How to Avoid Common Electric Water Heater Problems

How to Avoid Common Electric Water Heater Problems

If you want to do your part in ridding our dependence on fossil fuels, then a switch to an electric water heater is righteous. However, they are not perfect so be prepared for issues. At Just Water Heaters, we know a thing or two about electric water heaters and we are happy to share. In this article, we will summarize some of the common issues that owners of electric water heaters face. We will also offer some troubleshooting and preventative measures. If you have any questions or if you would like to hire an expert, then call Just Water Heaters today. Our live representatives are happy to help.

Safety First

Before you try to troubleshoot or repair your electric water heater, be sure to turn off the power as these units pack a solid punch of electricity. Plus, electricity and water does not go well with our bodies. Head over to the fuse or circuit breaker and toggle off the respective one.

Water Leaks

A leak can cause a mess but can be dangerous when it is around an electric water heater. Water leaks can be caused by a faulty temperature and pressure relief valve, excessive pressure, overheating, rupture, stuck valve, loose bolts, bad gasket, or cracked tank. In short, there are a lot of possible causes.

Discoloration and Odors

We are sure you do not want to drink or shower in discolored or foul-smelling water. Rust colored water can be caused by a sediment build up or corrosion inside a glass-line tank. Also, a sacrificial anode failing can cause a rotten egg smell if it releases hydrogen. You can address the smell by flushing the tank and treat the tank and pipes with a solution of 2 pints of three percent hydrogen peroxide to 40 gallons of water. Consider replacing any failing anode with a zinc-alloy anode.


If you are hearing rumbling noises from your electric water heater, then there is a good chance that there is sediment build up in the electric water heater tank. Take care of this noisy issue by flushing the tank to remove the built up sediment. While you have flushed the tank, clean any scales you see in the heater tank and elements.

Water Not Hot

There are several causes of water temperature problems in an electric water heater. The problem can stem from a lack of power, a faulty thermostat, faulty upper heating element, undersized water heater, or built up sediment. Replace any faulty components and consider upgrading your water heater to accommodate your household size.

Call Just Water Heaters

At Just Water Heaters, we are focused on installing, repairing, and replacing water heaters of all types. Our experts are both friendly and professional. They have the experience, expertise, and equipment to take care of the job correctly the first time around. Give us a call today to speak with one of our live representatives and get started on scheduling your flexible appointment. We are always happy to help.