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Ask Art: What Are The Most Common Water Heater Problems?

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Your life wouldn’t be the same without your water heater. It’s one of your most essential household appliances, especially in a time where keeping clean is vital to your health. Having hot water to wash your hands, shower, or clean your home is an amazing thing, and really, what’s better than taking a hot shower? 

The important thing to remember about water heaters is that it quickly becomes an out of sight, out of mind appliance. As long as it works, giving you hot water on demand, you don’t really think about it. The trouble starts when your water heater isn’t working.

Spotting The Signs

The thing about water heaters is that it’s still a regular appliance, just one you may use more than others. You need to ensure that you have regular maintenance performed so that everything continues to work without the need for an entire water heater replacement.

There are a few common water heater problems that you should keep in mind.

Minimal Hot Water 

If your water heater isn’t providing enough hot water, then you may have a problem with your water heater tank. While a quick fix could be to increase the temperature via the thermostat connected to the tank, it’s important that you don’t turn it up too high or you could severely burn your skin.

No Hot Water

While dealing with minimal or reduced hot water is annoying, having no hot water at all is worse.

If you’re not getting any hot water from your faucets, there could be a problem with your heating element or a pilot light may have blown-out. This problem depends on the type of water heater you have installed in your home: gas or electric. Remember that in a case like this it’s safer to call in a plumbing professional to handle it. This is not a repair you can DIY as it will be hazardous to your health if you make even the smallest of mistakes.

Funky Odors 

You can smell it. You may think your mind is playing tricks on you since water should not smell like a rotten egg. This is definitely a problem and a sign that your water may have become infected with bacteria. You can attempt a quick fix by using a cleaning solution mixed with water but the most surefire way to get it fixed as soon as possible is to call in a professional and licensed plumber.

Remember that this only applies to your hot water. If your cold water from the faucet also has an odor, it’s not an issue caused by your water heater. In this case you will need a plumbing contractor to take a look at your household plumbing system to find and fix the root cause of the issue before it gets worse.

Strange Noises

If your tank is making strange sounds there could be numerous things wrong. The most common issue could be due to sediment stuck in the tank, scale build-up, or your heating element could be on its last leg. If you get water heater maintenance done at least once a year, you’ll be able to resolve the issue of sediment in your tank. If it is due to the failing heating element, a licensed plumbing professional can replace it.


Remember that the lifespan of a water heater depends on a lot of different things. Unfortunately, there’s no quick fix or repair that could save a leaking water tank. You will need to replace the tank as soon as possible. A leak is not something that you should take lightly or attempt to resolve with tape. You don’t want to deal with the possibility of the tank bursting in your home. Call the professionals at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric to get your water heater replaced as soon as possible. 

No More Water Heater Woes

Trying to deal with a troublesome water heater by yourself can be annoying. While there are a few common problems with water heaters, most of it can be dealt with quite quickly by licensed plumbing professionals. The experts at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric have got you covered. If you have any issues with your heater don’t hesitate to call the team at 1-800-475-1504.


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