Checking Your Water Heater for Problems

One of the most annoying home appliances to have fail is your home’s water heater. Your water heater provides hot water for the entire home, and when it starts to have problems it causes issues with so many other appliances in the home. Your washing machine and dishwasher are two that rely on hot water to work correctly.

It’s also annoying if your water heater doesn’t provide enough hot water or create new hot water fast enough. In a house full of people, hot water can be in high demand. A water heater that isn’t functioning properly can mean that you don’t have the hot water you need.

Fortunately, you may not have to call a water heater services company to identify simple problems with your water heater. There are some basic steps you can take to troubleshoot issues with your water heater.

Problems with water being cold

There are a lot of different reasons why your water heater might not be making water as hot as you would like it.

One of the common reasons is not enough power is being drawn from the water heater to heat up the water. This can be caused by a faulty or tripped breaker, so be sure to check your fuse box and replace any blown fuses. A faulty thermostat might be the issue as well. Sometimes the thermostat reads the temperature incorrectly and keeps the water heater turned off.

Leaking water from the water heater

Sometimes water leaks can be a really simple problem to identify. Move any items away from the water heater and check behind or underneath the heater for resting water or wet spots. Be sure to check when the heater is both in use and not in use, to see if any of the functional parts are causing the leak.

Identifying the leak and fixing the leak are completely different, however. If you do recognize there is a leak and it’s not fixed by a simple tightening of a bracket or seal, the best idea is to call a water heater specialist.

Water Heater Noise

This is a simple problem to identify, as usually you notice it before you are looking for it. To identify this, make sure that the water heater is in use, or actively trying to heat water. If you notice a low rumbling noise, there may be sediment buildup in your water heater that is causing noises.

High-pitched or whirring noises can be caused by the heating element not working properly. This is another fix that isn’t recommended to fix by yourself, as a water heater specialist will be able to identify the specific problem.

Do-it-yourself water heater repair

While it’s not recommended that you attempt to repair your water heater yourself, it can be very helpful if you are able to identify problems to communicate with a repairman more effectively. Repairing a water heater is always going to be cheaper than getting a brand new water heater!