You may not even notice the hard-working water heater humming along in your basement or utility closet until troublesome issues arise. Identifying water heater problems quickly and calling in a plumbing professional to make needed repairs is the best way to avoid any headaches or inconvenience. Here’s how to diagnose the most common water heater issues.
No Hot Water
If you suddenly have no hot water, check whether the heater’s pilot light has gone out. If you’re comfortable doing so, you can attempt to re-light it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you have an electric model, the element may have failed. A pro can pinpoint the exact cause and get it fixed quickly.
Loud Popping Sounds
Unusual noises from inside a water heater tank are typically caused by scale and sediment buildup in the heat exchanger or on the electric elements. It’s wise to have the water heater drained to remove accumulated sediment as soon as possible. If it’s not addressed, scale buildup can eventually ruin the tank.
Drop in Water Temperature
A noticeable drop in water temperature can signal trouble with the thermostat, a deteriorated dip tube or sediment buildup. Increasing the heater’s thermostat setting may work as a short-term fix. For a long-term solution, have the unit examined by an experienced technician.
If water is seeping out the tank, it’s vital to find the source. Check around the pressure relief valve, drain valve, electric elements and gas control valve. A leaky pipe on top of the tank or a corroded welded seam are other possible culprits. Once you have the source identified, a pro can repair the issue or advise whether replacing the heater is necessary to prevent a plumbing emergency.
Low Hot Water Pressure
Several water heater issues can cause low hot water pressure, including a malfunctioning shut off valve or sediment clogging the tank, water lines or dip tube. A licensed plumber can determine the cause and get the issue resolved.
For expert help solving water heater problems in your Portland home, contact the pros at Roth Heating & Cooling.