Water Heater

A Basic Guide to Troubleshooting Electric Water Heater Problems

There is a lot that can go wrong with a hot water heater.  As a homeowner you will almost always want to call a professional plumber to address issues with your water heater, but it pays to be an educated consumer.  You will probably need a professional plumber to fix the problem, but that does not mean that you should not understand what to expect when the plumber arrives.

This guide will help you understand five common complaints people have about their water heaters:

  • Issues with water temperature
  • Leaks
  • Discoloration and/or odor
  • Noise

Water Temperature Issues With Electric Water Heaters

Water temperature issues with electric water heaters range from no hot water to hot water that is too hot.  

No Hot Water

There are a lot of reasons an electric hot water heater may not be producing hot water.  Here are a few to consider:

  • a blown fuse
  • failure that prevents power from reaching the element thermostat
  • failure that prevents power from reaching the heating element.

Before calling a plumber, it’s a good idea to check the fuse box and make sure that the hot water failure is not being caused by something as simple as a blown fuse.   If there are no blown fuse, it is time to call an expert.  

Hot Water Heater Leaks

Hot water leaks can be dangerous.  If your hot water heater is leaking, you should probably call a plumber before doing anything else.  There are lots of reasons a hot water heater may be leaking, and not all of them require an expensive fix.  However, a leaky hot water heater can be dangerous.  You can read more about hot water leaks in our recent article here.

Water is Discolored or Smells Like Rotten Eggs (Sulfur)

If you are seeing rusty water in your home, the inside of your hot water heater may have become corroded.  Similarly, a part of the heating mechanism called the “anode rod” may have become corroded.  If there is a smell in your house of rotten eggs, the anode rod may be the cause of this as well.

Hot Water Heater Makes a Lot of Noise

If a hot water heater is noisy it has probably accumulated sediment from minerals in the water supply.  This is especially likely if the sound is a low rumbling noise.  If the water heater is making a high-pitched whining noise the hot water heater’s heating elements may have accumulated sediment.  

What to do About it

If fixing a blown fuse fixes your hot water problem, you probably don’t need a plumber.  In any of the other situations, you will almost certainly need to call a plumber.  We are always happy to help. Henry Plumbing 912-352-9827.

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