Modern families rely on hot water for everything from doing laundry and dishes to relaxing in the bath after a long day at work. At this point, it’s a given that people living in modern homes will have access to all the hot water they need to perform all these daily tasks. Most people don’t even think about it.

The thing is, all that hot water has to come from somewhere. The dramatic increase in availability over the last century can be attributed to engineering advancements such as water heaters. 

These devices provide heated water as needed for an incredible variety of household uses, but they’re not invincible. Sometimes, they break down. Don’t learn to live with cold showers. Read on to find out about common water heater problems and repairs.

Common Problems With Modern Water Heaters

Even well-maintained water heaters experience the occasional breakdown. There’s only so much that homeowners can do to avoid water heater malfunctions. One of the most important steps they can take is to educate themselves about common problems with modern water heaters and what to do about them.

No Energy for Generating Heat

All water heaters, including gas, propane, and electric models, use energy to heat water. If the flow of energy to the water heater is cut off, it won’t be able to produce heat. Even gas and propane-fired models use electricity, so check for tripped circuit breakers and blown fuses first. If the problem is any more complicated than a tripped breaker, call in a professional.

Scaldingly Hot Water

If the water coming out of the home’s faucets is so hot it could literally burn people, it will place residents at risk. The thermostat for a modern water heater should be set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit, but no higher. A handy homeowner may be able to figure out how to reset the thermostat him- or herself, but don’t hesitate to call for help as needed.

Rust in the Water

There are few things more disconcerting than glancing down at the tub in the middle of a shower to notice red or brown-colored water running into the drain. In most cases, the discoloration should only be cause for moderate concern. It’s caused by rust either in the pipes or in the water heater itself. 

The corrosion causing the rust could eventually lead the water heater to spring a leak, so it’s worth calling in a professional for an inspection. A water heater repair expert can track down the source and make appropriate recommendations regarding repairs or water heater replacements.

Low Water Pressure

There are a lot of plumbing problems that can cause low water pressure. However, a drop in water pressure that only occurs when users try to turn up the heat is almost always caused by hard water. Hard water contains a lot of dissolved minerals. As those minerals build up on pipes or in water heaters, it can reduce water flow and cause pressure problems. 

Repairing the heater will provide a temporary fix. Homeowners may also want to talk to their technicians about other solutions such as installing whole-home water softeners.

Unusual Noises

If they’re operating properly, water heaters shouldn’t produce any kind of sound that’s noticeable from the living areas of the home. If homeowners or residents notice popping or screeching sounds, that’s definitely a bad sign. The most likely culprit is, once again, excessive mineral deposits.

Hard water causes mineral deposits to build up inside the water heater. As they heat up, they sometimes cause loud, popping sounds that may be audible throughout the home. The worst part is, over time, the mineral build-up could pose a risk of the tank being compromised leading to the water heater leaking. Needless to say, it’s best to call in a pro as soon as someone notices unusual popping or screeching sounds.

Visible Leaks

Most homeowners know that pooling water beneath their pipes is a sign of serious trouble. The same is true for water heaters. Sometimes, the problem can be resolved by simply tightening loose fittings on pipes. Others, there will be little that homeowners can do short of having their water heaters replaced. Either way, it’s best to take action sooner rather than later.

Repair vs. Replace

Sometimes, it’s more affordable to replace a water heater than it is to continue making frequent repairs. When homeowners want to invest in a new, more cost-effective unit, they can trust the same technicians who provide water heater repairs to offer expert advice about what model to install.

Call Mister Quik

No matter what’s wrong with the water heater, Mister Quik is here to help. They have been providing top-notch home services to Carmel customers for over two decades. Call to speak with a friendly and professional customer service representative and request a free estimate today.