One of the benefits of owning a home today is that we have so many great systems and appliances making it easier than ever to live comfortably and conveniently. One of the most important and hardest-working of these appliances is the water heater in your home. When you run into any problems with your water heater, your day (or night) can come grinding to a halt. A good system that is professionally installed and properly maintained will be quite reliable, but no appliance is ever truly problem-free.
Today, we are going to explore some common issues that homeowners encounter with their water heaters. We’ll also take a look at some potential causes of those problems. When you notice any issues with your water heater that do not have an obvious cause that can be resolved with extremely basic troubleshooting, just let us know. Our Brandon water heater experts are here to help get your water heater back up and running properly.
Your Hot Water Isn’t Hot!
Well, this is a pretty obvious sign of trouble, right? Your water heater has just one job to do, and that is to ensure that you have a bountiful supply of hot water to use throughout your home. If you don’t have hot water, there are a few potential issues.
You may just need to adjust the thermostat on your water heater. It’s possible that a standing pilot light has gone out. You could also have a tripped circuit breaker that has rendered the water heater inoperable. These are all simple issues that you can fix on your own. If the problem is related to a burnt-out heating coil or any other mechanical issue, you need to call in the pros.
Discolored Hot Water
Okay, so you’ve got hot water coming out of your faucets. That’s obviously a good sign. However, that water is rusty looking. It may even smell a bit off. Not such a good sign, we’d say.
You could be dealing with a lot of sediment in your water heater. Flushing the water heater out—draining it and refilling it—can resolve the problem, although you may want to think about a whole-house filtration system to avoid future issues. Your anode rod could also be spent, resulting in the corrosion of the tank. This is a serious development, so contact us right away if you haven’t had your system inspected in some time.
If you hear a booming when your water heater fires up, it could be suffering delayed ignition. When this happens, excess gas builds up and combusts all at once. Is your water heater making a rumbling sound? If so, you could have a layer of sediment at the bottom causing “kettling.” Basically, the water is getting too hot and is starting to boil.
To avoid potential damage to your home, or even unsafe water heater operation, you call in the professionals if you have a problem that you cannot quickly and easily solve.