Water Heater Not Working? Learn More

People depend on their water heaters to deliver hot water for bathing, cooking, and cleaning. However, hot water heaters may not always work as they should. Several issues could be plaguing your water heater and require the help of a professional plumber. Read on for some common water heater issues.

What is Wrong with Your Water Heater?

Although the below list of problems is common with most water heaters, be sure to have a professional plumber check out your appliance to find the problem and suggest some repair fixes. In many cases, your water heater can be repaired but some problems may require it to be replaced. 

  • The buildup of sediment. Almost all water contains a good amount of minerals. As the water sits inside your water heater, the sediment can settle to the bottom of your appliance. Over time, the sediment can accumulate and affect the efficiency of your water heater. Sediment may shorter the life of your water heater as well. 
  • Clogged burners. Both electric and gas water heaters have burners. They can, in many cases, get clogged up with debris. That may cause the water to fail to heat to the proper temperature.
  • Leaks. You may notice water coming from either the tank or the connections. This type of leak can result in a great deal of water on the floor in your home. It may soak an entire room or run down your driveway in some cases, depending on its location. Quick action is needed to protect your home from water damage so call a plumber immediately. 
  • Electrical problems in electric water heaters are common. Often, the problem lies with a faulty heating element. When an electrical problem is present, your water heater is not functioning at all. 
  • Thermostat issues can mean your water temperature varies. An inconsistent result when you use your hot water may be a faulty thermostat.
  • Pilot light problems may result in your water not heating. When the light is off, no hot water is generated. In some cases, it should be relit, but it may also be malfunctioning. 
  • Pressure valve problems can result in a dangerous situation. The pressure value is meant to prevent pressure from building up in your water heater's tank. Excessive pressure can cause the water heater to explode. 

It's important to regularly inspect your water heater. You can prevent the above problems from occurring and you will also increase the life of your appliance. To find out more about any of the above, speak to your local, friendly, professional plumber right away. 

For more information, contact a professional plumbing service near you.