Hot water heaters are considered as ‘essentials’ by most homeowners. It is rare that you find someone enjoying a cold-water bath, especially during winters. As there are multiple types of water heaters, they come with the different installation process and you find different problems faced too. Some of the common problems associated with these are listed below. These are definitely helpful in managing the problem at least for some time till you hire experienced professionals in hot water heater repair.
Electric Water Heater Problems:
#1. Water Leakage from The Bottom:
A water heater, which is leaking from the bottom, is mainly due to the condensation problem, or leakage of water expelled from the overflow pipe, a heating element gasket is leaking, or even due to the damage in the main tank. The only way out is to get a professional to replace this heater. You can try to fix this on your own only if there is a small leak but you need to ensure that the main power supply is switched off.
#2. Water Leakage from the Top:
With water leaking from the top of the heater, you need to look for the possibility of leakage in the T&P pipe or the hot outlet or the cold inlet pipes might have loosened up. If this leak is not fixed in time, you can face serious problems, like additional damage to the water heater or probably even a short circuit, which can be dangerous or even cause fatal accidents.
#3. Not Sufficient Hot Water:
When the thermostat is malfunctioning, you have a problem with not being provided enough of hot water. You can adjust the temperature of water on the thermostat for the specific heating element. On the heaters running on electricity, the thermostat is located behind the access panel, which is on one side of the tank. Normally, thermostats in electric heaters are set when manufactured and is not supposed to be changed, but if the requirement arises, you can choose this solution. A better way to go about this is seeking professional help. Other causes of not getting enough of hot water are a faulty element, faulty thermostat, a loose wiring or just the fact that the water heater is too small.
#4. No Hot water:
Most of the times, the heating of water in a water heater is dependent on two elements. The most common cause of no hot water is the tripping of the circuit breaker. Checking out the breaker box can give you a fair idea about this. If this is not the case, then it is the failure of the elements and these needs replacement on an immediate basis. You can get the reset/limit switch on the thermostat checked out by a professional. There is also a possibility of this failing, which again, needs a replacement.
#5. Bad Odor or Discolored Water:
In case, you find a bad odor in your bath water from the water heaters, first determine if the water coming from the main source is contaminated or not. If the water from the source is contaminated you can think of getting a water softener and a water filter for the whole house. If the water is only discolored, it is due to a build-up of scale on the elements or probably the sediments, which are entering the water heater.
Replacement of Water Heater:
There will be a time when you will need to replace your water heater as nothing lasts forever. Before you make a choice of a new water heater, find the one, which can perform the best in your circumstances. You have a choice between the gas water heater, solar water heater, and electric water heater. Each one has its own set of benefits and works well in different circumstances.