Certain water heaters can last longer than some of its other counterparts due to the technology and materials used. The lifespan of your water heater can be shortened or lengthened depending on how you maintain it and how it’s repaired, regardless of what type of heating unit you have. You need to be aware on what kind of issues your heating equipment is susceptible to–and you also must be knowledgeable with some basic troubleshooting solutions. Below are the top common water heater problems that you might have to deal with.
1.Rusty or discoloured water coming out from the tank
The main reason why rusty water is coming out from the tank is because of either sediment build-up or a disintegrated anode rod. For those who are not familiar with what’s the use of the anode rod; this steel rod’s purpose is to absorb the rust inside the tank system in order to prevent the other integral components from corrosion. The anode rod’s life is not infinite which means it will also corrode after a few years. When you notice that rusty water is dispersing from the tank then it’s probably caused by the rusty anode rod. The only solution for this is to replace it with a new one. If the anode rod is still in good condition, then it might be the sediment build-up that’s causing it. You need to thoroughly clean the inner parts of the tank and flush water out to remove the sediment.
2.Water heater doesn’t produce enough hot water
There are many reasons why your heating unit is not generating enough water, it could be that the thermostat is set in a low setting; the heating element might have some issues, loose wiring, dysfunctional dip tube, etc. Most of these issues pertain to the internal system of the heating system, which is impossible to repair with a DIY method. There may be guides on repairing these heating components, but it’s better if you hire a plumber or water heater technician to do the repair, in order to avoid mistakes and injuries.
3.The water is way too hot
First of all, check the thermostat, its temperature setting might be too high. However, if the water is still hot despite adjusting the thermostat in low temperature then there is definitely a problem with the device. Let a professional check the thermostat; a repair or replacement may be suggested, depending on the findings.
4.Stench coming from the tank
If you haven’t flushed your tank for a long time then bacteria will definitely start to develop and cause awful smells. You should flush the tank and be vigorous in cleaning the lower parts. Another possible cause of the stench is a decaying anode rod, which can be easily solved by replacing it with a new one.
5.Pressure relief valve is leaking
As some of you might have already known, the pressure relief valve is an integral component of your heating system since it automatically releases water if the tank can’t take the pressure anymore. If you noticed that your valve is leaking, have it checked immediately.