Showers, dishes, washing dirty clothes, or anything that requires hot water would be impossible without your residential water heater. You don’t realize how hard your water heater works behind the scenes to keep you comfortable when you need water. Overheating or long-term use of your water heater can cause problems that may require the assistance of a professional. Thanks to the plumbing pros, in this article, we are enlightened about common water heater issues and the best solutions to resolve them. 

Does The Water Temperature Seem To Be A Problem For You? 

Inconsistent water temperature is one of the most common problems water heaters face. Three types of temperature problems can occur with water: cold, too hot, or warm water not hot enough. Here are some possible causes and solutions:  

  • If you’re experiencing cold water throughout your home, it could be caused by a faulty heating element, a malfunctioning thermostat, or a power outage. You can self-diagnose the problem by resetting any blown fuses or tripped breakers. If that doesn’t solve the problem, you should check that all power switches are turned on. Lastly, check your thermostat if there is still no hot water.   
  • If your home’s water is too hot, it’s likely because your thermostat is set too high. Keeping your water heater’s thermostat at 120 degrees Fahrenheit ensures the best-heated water while remaining energy-efficient.  
  • If the water in your home is not warm enough for you and your family, it could be due to a faulty heating element, an undersized water heater, a defective thermostat, or crossed cold and hotlines. You can check for crossed connections by turning off the water supply and turning on the hot water faucet. In addition, there may be a crossed connection if cold water is still flowing from the hot tap. We suggest contacting your local plumber to see if your water heater is the correct size and to inspect its heating elements thermostat. 

What Is The Source Of Water Leaks Coming From Your Water Heater?  

In addition to your water heater’s tank, you can experience water leaks in other parts of the unit. It’s possible for your water heater to experience multiple different problems, including stuck valves, improper water pressure, a bad gasket, faulty temperature or relief valves, loose heating element bolts, and even a leak from a nearby plumbing connection. In the event that one of these issues may be causing the problem, you should check for loose plumbing connections and heating element bolts and tighten them as soon as possible. We recommend contacting a professional if you still notice a leak even after following these steps.  

What Is the Color of Your Home’s Water?

Your home’s running water may be discolored due to corrosion in your water heater if it is rusty in color. In most cases, this is caused by a faulty anode rod or an old water heater tank. The best option would be to consult your local plumbing contractor to determine whether you need to replace the anode rod or install a new water heater.   

You Can Rely On The Professionals  

The task of fixing or replacing your water heater can be big. At Five Star Cincinnati Plumbing, we handle all the dirty work at competitive prices that others can’t match! Our team is ready to assist you when you need it most; call us at (513) 204-9944 or schedule an appointment online today by clicking here!!