6 Most Common Water Heater Problems

Do you own a water heater? As with other big appliances, it’s important to know when there are possible problems related to the unit. Here are some of the most common ones you might have to deal with:

  1. Water leaking from bottom

That usually happens due to normal condensation, T&P valve problem, or leaking electric heating gasket. Sometimes the unit’s tank is leaking. In that case, the only real repair is to replace the unit.

  1. Reheating water takes too long

These are the common problem with electric water heaters. The recovery time of an electric model is often twice as much as a gas model. If it still takes longer than normal for hot water to recover, the heating elements might have problems. That includes sediment build-up. There could also be an issue with the thermostat. The parts might need replacing.

In the case that your home uses more hot water than a couple of years ago, you should consider a new water heater that has a bigger capacity tank.

  1. Water leaking from top

If this is happening then, it could be caused by a couple of things. That includes loose hot outlet pipes or cold inlet, failed T&P valve, or leaking inlet valve. The good news is that these problems can be fixed quickly.

  1. No hot water

These are one of the toughest issues to deal with because it has a direct effect on the functionality of the water heater. The primary cause of no water is the circuit breaker tripped. You should check the water heater’s breaker box. Another possible reason is the heating elements needing to be replaced. Another potential problem is the thermostat’s limit/reset switch. It could have tripped due to water being too hot or needing to be replaced.

  1. Not enough hot water

These are most often a result of the thermostat. You can often fix the problem by changing the thermostat’s water temperature for an individual heating element.

On electric models usually, the thermostat is on the side of the tank. The electronic thermostat shouldn’t be changed in theory, but sometimes you have to do that. That’s especially true during fall/winter months.

  1. Water is overly hot

These are often caused by the unit’s thermostat because the temperature setting is too high. Just access the thermostat then make any adjustments. These could be required when moving from winter to spring season. If you’re unable to lower the water temp low enough, it might be necessary to replace the entire thermostat.

Watch this useful video showing some of the tips mentioned in this article as well as some more.