Common Water Heater Problems May Have an Easy Fix

Water heating is a basic necessity used practically every day in homes for showering, cleaning and cooking. When there’s a problem with the water heater, finding a solution surely moves to the top of your to-do list. Read on to learn how to troubleshoot water heater problems or to know when contacting Cincinnati plumbing services for water heaters is the best solution.

Temperature Fluctuations

Hot water temperature fluctuations are common in aging water heaters. If temperature fluctuations coincide with unusual popping noises, there’s probably too much sediment and scale buildup in the tank. Draining and cleaning the water heater is required. Once the water heater is emptied and the drain valve removed, the bottom of the water heater can be scrubbed with a long thin brush.

A dirty or failing heating component, such as a dirty heat exchanger or faulty electric element, heats cold intake water intermittently at best. Inspecting, repairing or replacing these parts is generally best left to your Cincinnati plumbing professional.

The dip tube directs cold intake water to the bottom of the water heater. A cracked or broken dip tube causes intake water to mix with stored hot water, which causes temperature fluctuations. When replacing the dip tube, your plumbing pro should also replace the anode rod. The anode rod helps prevent tank corrosion that can cause water discoloration, odors and rupture.

Water Leaks

Water leaks should be taken very seriously. Water leaks either occur at the temperature and pressure (T&P) valve, parts with worn seals or the water heater itself is leaking. If the T&P valve is leaking or dripping, contact your plumber right away to prevent possible catastrophe. Water pooling beneath the water heater signals an imminent rupture of a corroded tank and also necessitates a call to your plumber.

Lastly, leaky seals may leak so little water that they’re difficult to locate. Look for rust and corrosion on the outside of the water heater to identify the leaky part.

If your hot water isn’t so hot these days, please contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing for top-quality Cincinnati plumbing services for water heaters.

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