8 Common Water Heater Issues & How to Fix Them

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8 Common Water Heater Issues and How to Fix Them

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If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you don’t think much about your water heater in Plano until it stops working. Then, you think about it a lot!

If you’re having hot water problems and you don’t know where to start, you can always call an expert Plano plumber at DNA Plumbing Services. You could also reach out to an experienced plumber in North Richland Hills!

Some problems also have remedies you can try at home, to see if you can get your water heater working again on your own.

1) Zero Hot Water

Running out of hot water is incredibly common! You can try flushing out your water heater if you want to, but most of the time you will need to bring in a plumber to solve these kinds of issues.

2) Too Little Hot Water

Are you running out of hot water sooner than you used to, or sooner that you would like to? This can be caused by a number of issues.

Your hot water heater may be too small for your home or your needs (or your tankless water heater may not have enough power). This usually involves getting a new water heater to remedy the situation.

The temperature on your water heater may accidentally have been turned down, too. You can check the temperature gauge and try turning it up to see if that helps.

3) Water That is Too Hot or Too Cold

If your “hot” water is not, or if it’s routinely too hot, change the temp at the gauge first. If that doesn’t help, the problem is likely in your temperature-pressure valve and you’ll need to bring in a professional to fix it.

4) A Leaky Water Heater

See if you can find out where the leak is coming from. If it’s from the pipes that feed in and out of the water heater, try adjusting the connections to see if it stops the problem. If that doesn’t help or if the leak is from the water heater itself, bring in professional help ASAP, before the seals break and you have a flood on your hands.

5) A Slow Water Heater

If your water heater is slow to reheat, try flushing it out. Make sure you flush it until all the sediment is gone from the stream of water coming out of the heater. If this doesn’t help, you should get professional help for your water heater.

6) A Noisy Water Heater

Once again, the best thing you can do at home for a noisy water heater is to flush it out. Once it is flushed and descaled, try using it again and see if the noise is gone. If it’s not, the heater may need some TLC from a professional.

7) Smelly Hot Water

A bad odor in your hot water may mean a bacterial infection in your tank. Drain the tank, then fill it with water and hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit for at least 3 hours, then drain it. If you still smell the bad odor when you use water, you may need a professional antibacterial treatment to fix the problem.

8) Rusty Hot Water

Where there’s rust, there’s corrosion. Try replacing your anode rod and flushing the tank to see if that helps. If not, it’s time to get a professional opinion as to what is going on.

Professional Help for Your Plano Water Heater

If you can’t solve your water heater problems yourself or you just don’t want to, call us at DNA Plumbing Services for professional water heater repair in Plano. We’ll be there soon and get everything fixed fast!

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