Hot water heaters are one of the most essential appliances in the home. Water heaters work around the clock to provide hot water to your sinks, bathtubs, showers, and dishwashers. On average, a water heater uses about 17 percent of the home’s total energy use, with most running three to four hours per day, according to the Department of Energy.
The demands placed on your water heater increases the chances of issues coming up, from small maintenance issues to full-blown repairs. Symptoms of common water heater problems include warm to cold water production instead of hot water, leaks, rumbling sounds, or a metallic taste in the water.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, there are a few things that you should know. These symptoms may vary depending upon your water heater type—electric, gas, and tankless. Being alert for potential problems can help you avoid any major water heater failures.
Our water heater service technicians in Salt Lake City use the process of elimination to troubleshoot the most common water heater problems.
To determine the potential root of your water heater problem, look at the following symptoms until you find the issue that most resembles what you are experiencing.
Electric Water Heater
No Hot Water
- Broken or malfunctioning heating elements
- Incorrect thermostat setting
- Faulty thermostat
- Tripped circuit breaker
- Blown fuse
- The pilot light on the gas water heater is off, preventing gas delivery
Mild Hot Water Temperature
- Crossed plumbing lines with the hot water line connected to cold tank inlet or vice versa
- Too small of water heater to handle the pressure
- Faulty upper or lower heating element
- Faulty dip tube
Too Hot of Water
- The water heater’s thermostat is set above 120 °F
Low Water Pressure
- Sediment, calcium deposits, or rust inside plumbing or sink aerators
- Galvanized piping
- Thermostat failure
- Obstructed flue or vent
- Defective thermostat
- Faulty dip tube
Water Heater is Leaking
- Faulty plumbing connections
- An improperly tightened gasket
- An excessively corroded water heater storage tank
- A faulty, open, or overheated T&P valve
Water Takes a Long Time to Reheat
- Sediment build-up on heating elements or thermostat
Dirty or Rust-Colored Water
- A failed sacrificial anode rod that led to a rusted tank
- The glass-lined water heater tank is excessively corroded
- There is sediment in the water heater tank caused by decaying bacteria creating smelly hydrogen gases
Strange Noises Come from Water Heater
- Scale build-up around heating elements
Pilot Light Won’t Stay Lit
- Too small of a gas valve
- Faulty thermocouple
- Composition issues
- Not enough ventilation
Water Heater Repair Services at Manwill
If you noticed any of these problems in your home, contact the hot water heater technicians at Manwill. Our team has experience providing remedies to Salt Lake City residents and those in other surrounding areas. We can help you find the root of the problem so that you can potentially avoid replacing a hot water heater too early.
Our water heater services also include maintenance and installation solutions that will help your water heater run smoothly all year long. If you need a new water heater, we offer a full line-up that suits various needs, whether your household is large or small. Even though there are many brands and styles on the market, our goal is to match you with a long-lasting water heater that is also energy efficient and cuts energy costs.