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Homeowners in Cheverly, Maryland, understand the importance of a well-maintained water heater. But sometimes, things go wrong and water heater functionality gets compromised due to a few common problems that need the services of a professional.

Leaking Water Heater

Next to having no hot water, a leaking water heater is an aggravating and potentially damaging problem. There are several reasons a water heater may begin to leak. They include excessive pressure or condensation within the tank, a drain valve may be damaged or broken, inlet or outlet pipes are loose, the tank is corroded, or there is significant rust buildup that has compromised the material of the tank.

When a water heater is leaking, it has the potential to damage the floor and surrounding area. If you detect a leak, it will need immediate attention from a professional.

Inconsistent Water Temperature

When you turn on the water, it is either too hot or too cold. This is a sign of one of several potential problems. The least problematic is that the thermostat setting is too low or too high. There may be a problem with the thermostat itself, and you may need to replace it. Sediment also builds up in a water heater, which can affect the water temperature.

Inadequate Water Volume

A water heater that doesn’t generate enough hot water is aggravating and inconvenient. Not having an adequate amount of hot water may be due to a faulty or defective thermostat that needs replacing, loose wiring, or a faulty element. It’s also possible that the water heater is too small to handle the demands of the household. In this case, upgrading to a larger water heater or investing in a tankless water heater will resolve the problem.

Discolored Water

When the water has a rusty color, it means the water tank or the anode rod has become corroded. It is a visible sign that needs attention to determine the issue is causing the discoloration. If it’s due to tank corrosion, this will eventually lead to a leak.

Strange Noises Emanating from the Water Heater

If your water heater is making popping, banging, or rumbling noises, it may be due to sediment buildup that has settled on the bottom of the tank, or it may mean the heating elements are coated in scale buildup.

No Hot Water Available

If your home has a gas water heater that isn’t producing hot water, there may be a problem with the pilot light. It if it is on but there is no hot water, this could indicate a problem with the thermocouple. A common problem with the thermocouple is it is out of sync and not able to sense the pilot light is on, which means it won’t follow through and ignite the gas. This usually means you need a full replacement.

Takes Too Long to Reheat Water

If your electric water heater is taking too long to reheat the water supply, it may be an indication the heating elements aren’t functioning properly. There may also be an issue with a faulty thermostat that needs to be replaced.

Low Water Heater Pressure

If you’re experiencing low water pressure, this may be due to the pipes that that access and exit the water heater. It may be a matter of older 1/2-inch pipes that limit the pressure. If this is the case, upgrading to 3/4-inch pipes is the solution.

Hot Water has an Odor

Homes that rely on well water may face the problem of water that has a foul odor. This is due to bacteria in the water source. Having the water heater flushed is an option; replacing the anode rod is recommended.

At Griffith Energy Services, our focus is on providing our customers with quality work, professionalism, and efficiency to ensure that your home is operating at peak performance. For water heater issues all the way to maintaining your HVAC system, we have the experience to handle any problem, big or small. Call us at 888-474-3391 and speak with one of our customer service representatives about your home’s immediate needs.

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