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Water Heater Issues

Identifying & Fixing the Most Common Problems

Your water heater has a big responsibility of heating all the water in your home for use throughout the day. Since it is used so often, it is not surprising that components can and do fail, requiring repairs or replacement.

At The Plumbing Experts in Greenville, our water heater technicians have seen just about any water heater problem imaginable – and fixed them, too. If your water heater is acting up and not heating water properly, give us a call at (864) 210-3127 to learn how we can help.

Common Problems with Water Heaters

Problems your water heater may experience include but are not limited to:

  • No hot water: A failed heating element could be the reason why you are not receiving hot water. A gas water heater may be experiencing a pilot light failure, and an electric water heater could be connected to a tripped circuit.
  • Pilot light failure: The gas line connecting to your gas-based water heater could be the issue if the pilot light won’t light or extinguishes. For safety’s sake, you should only allow an expert plumber to work on a gas line connecting to your water heater.
  • Runs out of hot water: Increasing the thermostat temperature can help you enjoy more hot water before it runs out. Installing a tankless water heater can also fix this common issue, as a tankless water heater will heat water on demand with no limits based on tank size.
  • Extremely hot water: A thermostat glitch can cause the water temperature to increase dramatically. Double check the thermostat on your water heater and call our plumbers at (864) 210-3127 if it is set to an acceptable temperature but still remains too hot.
  • Weak water pressure: Problems with your home’s pipework are the likely cause of low water pressure when you run hot water. Incorrectly sized pipes and cracks in plumbing joints can lower water pressure, as can sediment built up inside your water heater.
  • Top water leak: If you notice water leaking from the top of your water heater, it is likely an issue with the cold-water inlet pipe above the water heater. Tightening the valve or checking for cracks may identify the problem.
  • Bottom water leak: Condensation on the outside of a water heater can make it appear as if it is leaking from the bottom of the tank. An actual leak can occur at the drain valve, though.
  • Unusual noises: Mineral buildup inside a tanked water heater can rattle around when it is in use, making a strange sound. The noises could also originate from incorrect internal pressure, which could be dangerous if left unaddressed for long.
  • Unusual coloration: A telltale sign of corrosion to one component or another of your water heater is strangely colored hot water. Locating the corroding element may require a plumber’s help, though.
  • Unusual odor: Foul-smelling hot water is generally caused by in-take bacterial growth. Flushing the system and cleaning it with the help of a professional plumber is recommended.

Need help solving a water heater issue? Contact our Greenville water heater techs from The Plumbing Experts today!


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