Understanding Water Heater Systems
Mar 21, 2021
Most water heater problems don’t surface automatically; you’ll get a previous sign that something might be wrong with the unit. In some instances, you may notice that it takes more time for the water to heat up or you find a puddle of water on the floor. Older models might start making pinging and gurgling sounds.
As a homeowner, it’s good to know how to identify problems emanating from the water heater and tips to fixing it yourself. No matter the make or model of the unit in your home - A.O Smith, Rheem, Whirlpool, Rinnai, GE, Kenmore and others, they show the same signs when they become problematic.
These are some of the symptoms you may notice from your water heater, and we have given you tips to troubleshoot as well fix the problem. However, if you’re are not comfortable with the DIY procedure, or you don’t have the time and tools, call professionals at Just Water Heaters, for water heater diagnosis and water heater repairs.
No hot water
No hot water means that the water heater is no longer functioning and in most cases, the problem is from the energy source.
First off, you need to know if the unit is gas or electric powered, then, you need to check the circuit breaker whether it's still functional. Check the heating elements if the problem is not from the breaker box.
If you’re using a gas powered water heater, you need to check if the pilot light is on. If it's off, there might be a problem from the venting, then check the flue at the top of the unit.
Not enough hot water
This is probably the most common water heater problem you could encounter. However, the problem should be from the thermostat.
The first step to resolving the problem is to adjust the thermostat to the desired temperature and test it for a while. For gas units that come with electronic thermostat dials, you can increase the current settings.
On the other hand, the problem might be that the unit is too small for your household, faulty element or loose wiring. It can also come from the temperature relief valve or the dip tube that supplies cold water. Call professionals at Just Water Heaters to help you resolve such issues.
Leaky water heater
Noticing a puddle of water under the tank based water heater might be a sign that the tank has corroded or the problem could be from the temperature and pressure relief valve.
If your unit has lasted for close to a decade and you notice that the tank is leaky, consider replacing it with a modern unit. Nevertheless, if it is a newer unit, try replacing the relief valve.
Discolored or smelly water
The cause of discoloration in hot water is caused by iron, copper and other minerals. To solve this, you can install a whole house water filter or softener.
If your hot water smells like a rotten egg, the problem could be due to the reaction of the anode rod in the unit and a high concentration of sulphates. Flush the hot water tank if the problem is from the unit.
Noisy water heater
Have you noticed that recently your water heater pops, bangs or gurgles? The strange noise should be as a result of the build-up of hard water sediments.
You need to thoroughly flush the unit if it is too large to pass through the drain valve, call experts at Just Water Heaters