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Common Water Heater Issues

December 23rd, 2020

Your water heater is one of the crucial parts of your home comfort system. Showering, washing clothes and cleaning dishes aren’t possible without your water heater’s proper operation. When your water heater is malfunctioning, it’s important to respond quickly and troubleshoot the issue. Here are the six most common water heater problems that you may experience and how to best deal with them.

Water heater issues

  1. Hot Water Heater Leaking

    The most common and annoying hot water heater problem is its leaking. The cause of this leaking might be a broken drain valve, too much pressure that is built up in the tank, corrosion, rust, or condensation build-ups. If you discover a leak, it’s best to call a plumbing professional at Norwalk/La Mirada Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning for urgent assistance. In the long run, it will save you money and time to have an expert diagnose and fix the issue.

  2. Reduced Efficiency of Your Water Heater

    If you have noticed that your water heater is heating water longer than it used to or your heating bill has increased lately, most likely calcium and mineral deposits accumulated within the pipes and inside the tank. Consequently, your water heater efficiency is reduced. It is very important to have a licensed plumber in Pomona Valley inspect your water heater on a regular basis.

  3. Not Enough Hot Water

    Have you ever noticed that after you stepped into the shower and started enjoying pleasant hot water, your enjoyment didn’t last long enough? An issue with the thermostat might be the primary cause of not having enough hot water. Sometimes adjusting the required water temperature on the thermostat for a certain heating element is all the homeowner needs.

    Other possible reasons for not having enough hot water include a faulty thermostat, faulty element, loose wiring, or a water heater tank that’s too small for your family needs. You might need to upgrade to a tankless model that prevents such problems with water.

  4. Dirty or Rust-Colored Water

    Dirty or rust-colored water might be the result of sediment accumulating in your water heater’s tank. If you noticed dirty or rust-colored water running of the sink or bathtub faucets, it may indicate the sediment build-up in your water heater tank. Flushing the unit tank can solve the problem. If that doesn’t help, you may have to replace the anode rod. Replacing the anode rod is a pretty simple fix and can add years of service to your water heater. 

  5. A Noisy Water Heater

    When gurgling sounds come from your water heater, it’s usually a signal that there is sediment in the tank and it needs draining. It happens because water that runs through the pipes contains minerals and often particles of sand, this can result in their collecting at the bottom of the water heater tank. Our plumbing pros from Norwalk/La Mirada Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning can drain your water heater once a year to clear it out of sediment.

  6. Carbon Monoxide Leaks

    If you have a gas water heater at your home, beware of carbon monoxide leaks. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is released by burned gas. This gas can leak from the water heater exhaust pipe if it’s not appropriately maintained. Extreme dizziness, confusion or shortness of breath can all be signs of carbon monoxide leaks, coming from your gas water heater.

In case when you can’t seem to identify the problem, it is definitely time to call a professional plumbing company that repairs and installs new water heaters. Norwalk/La Mirada Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning has been providing Pomona Valley and surrounding areas with top-quality plumbing and water heater services for many years. Our licensed plumbers can assess the issue and offer affordable solutions to your water heater problems. We can also conduct a full water heater inspection to check burner assembly, inspect/repair the exhaust pipe of a gas or electric water heater, and inspect the unit for leaks or corrosion. We also make any necessary repairs and replace your old water heater with a newer, more efficient model. 


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