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Troubleshooting Common Water Heater Problems That Can Be Repaired

by April Rivera

A home's water heater is used on a regular basis, but since it is often tucked away in the garage, the basement, or in a closet, most people don't pay much attention to it. That all quickly changes though if a water heater presents signs of issues or is not working properly. A new water heater is typically quite expensive, so it is not surprising that most people feel alarmed when they have to deal with water heater problems. Luckily, many water heater issues can be repaired for an affordable price, and replacing the water heater is often not necessary. Continue reading to learn more about common water heater problems that can be repaired by a plumber.

Water Leak From the Top of the Tank

If your water heater is leaking from the bottom, it usually means that the inner tank has cracked, and you will need a new water heater. But, a water leak from the top of the tank is not as serious and can almost always be repaired. If you discover that your water heater is leaking from the top, it may be due to a faulty T&P valve, loose water outlet pipes, or a leaking inlet valve. An experienced plumber will inspect your water heater, determine exactly where the leak is coming from, and make the necessary repairs.

Water Is Not Hot

It is not uncommon for a water heater tank to run out of hot water is a lot is being used. For example, if you're doing laundry, running the dishwasher, and everyone is showering, there is a good chance that you will deplete the hot water in the tank. But if you're not getting any hot water at all when you turn on the tap, your water heater has a problem. In many cases, a complete lack of hot water is due to problems with the heating elements to heat the water to the appropriate temperature. If this is the issue, having the bad heating element replaced will solve the problem.

Smelly or Discolored Water

No one wants to turn on the hot water in their home to see rusty colored water or smell water with a foul odor. Unfortunately, this can happen when the inner tank develops rust spots, or there is a bacterial overgrowth inside the tank. Luckily, it is usually very easy to fix this problem by hiring a water heater repair service to empty and flush the water heater, which eliminates poor quality water coming through your pipes.