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7 October 2016

3 Common Water Heater Problems

3 Common Water Heater Problems

If you’re like most homeowners in the Concord, NC area, you rely heavily on your water heater for a variety of different purposes. From cooking and cleaning to bathing and everything in between, we want hot water when we need it and if it malfunctions it can seem like the end of the world. We understand your pain. See below to find out 3 common things that can go wrong with your water heater:

  1. Temperature
    If the water coming out of your tank is too hot, it can be caused by a few things. The temperature may be too high on the thermostat located on the outside of your water tank. And if you water temperature is not hot enough, that temperature may not be set high enough. We do however, recommend leaving the temperature setting at the standard 120°F.

    It could mean that the thermostat is broken or malfunctioning, or it may be that the temperature pressure valve may be defective or malfunctioning. It’s possible the pilot light has gone out. While some of these items may be repaired by someone who is handy, oftentimes they turn out to be a bit more complicated and consequently, we recommend hiring a licensed plumber.

  2. Not enough hot water
    This could be the result of sediment build-up in the tank. If this is the case, flushing the tank will help. But, as with everything else it could be something more involved.

    It could be a broken dip tube. This is the small hose that feeds cold water into the bottom of the water tank. If this breaks, it affects the ratio of the hot/cold mixture of water. The tube can be replaced, but it may not be a cost effective repair and should be done only by a qualified plumber.

  3. Smells or tastes bad
    This can be caused by hard minerals that can affect not only the taste, but the smell AND the color of your water. You can always flush the tank to see if that fixes the problem. If not, your solution may be to consider installing a whole house water filtration system.

    In addition, and especially as it relates to hot water, the problem could be caused by the deterioration of the anode rod. This is a metal rod that runs down the center of the interior of your water tank. Again, you can try flushing, but chances are this is going to require a more extensive and more costly repair.

Want to get a professional assessment from a trusted plumber? Call on The Good Guys at Three Way Plumbing today! 704-795-9349.


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