Common Water Heater Problems & What They Mean
Water heater problems can be difficult to diagnose if you are not familiar with the internal workings of the unit. While routine maintenance can help prevent some water heater repairs, there are some problems that may require a water heater replacement. Our O’Fallon, IL plumbers can handle any water heater problem, including the ones discussed below.
No hot water
Turning on your hot water faucets and getting only cold water can mean a couple of things. If you have a gas water heater, your pilot light may be out. However, this can also be caused by a faulty pilot control valve or thermocouple. For electric water heaters, the heating element could be burnt out. Our plumbers can easily perform the water heater repair quickly, so your family has hot water again.
Leaking tanks also have a couple of different causes. The leak could be from something as simple as a loose drain valve, but it also could be caused by too much pressure inside the tank. Excess pressure may be caused when the temperature setting for the unit is too high or a defective temperature pressure relief valve. Excess sediment at the bottom of the tank, rusting, and corrosion can also be the cause of a water heater leak.
In many cases, when the water tank is leaking, you need a water heater replacement; call us to start the process. If you choose to replace the unit, we can arrange for a technician to perform the water heater installation based on your schedule.
Noises or rumbling from the water heater
Noises coming from the water heater could mean one of several things. Rumbling usually indicates a sediment problem. When sediment builds up at the bottom of the tank, the heating element is burning the sediment. A professional plumber can perform water heater maintenance to remove the sediment, and that might take care of the issue. However, ignoring these sounds causes the heating element to burn out, requiring further repair. Other noises indicate serious problems and necessitate a professional plumber.
Prevent water heater problems in O’Fallon, IL
In many cases, our annual water heater maintenance schedule can help prevent some of the problems that shorten the lifespan of your water heater. If you have questions about your water heater or need a reliable, affordable plumbing company for water heater repair, replacement, or installation, contact Morrison today!