We need our water heater much more in the winter. However, heavy use can cause underlying problems to come to the forefront and affect the unit’s performance. Learn more about 4 common water heater issues to look out for this winter.
1. No Hot Water
Your water heater may stop producing hot water. In this situation, the water never gets hot and affects all of the different fixtures in your home. You will first need to verify that the unit has power and that the power cord doesn’t appear damaged.
An electric water heater may require a reset. If the reset doesn’t work, the heating elements inside the unit may be damaged.
A gas water heater may need to be reignited. If the pilot light continues to go out, you may need to clean the thermocouple or the sensor.
2. Inconsistent Water
In this situation, the unit produces some hot water, but water temperatures aren’t consistent. In the case of high use, the unit may simply be too small. Try taking shorter showers and coordinating shower times among your family. However, you’ll want to talk to a technician about upgrading your water heater when the time comes.
Alternatively, sediment buildup inside the unit may prevent the unit from sensing the correct temperature. Hire a water heater technician to flush your water heater once a year before the weather gets cold.
3. Excessive Pressure Build Up
Heat creates pressure. The pressure can build up inside your water heater to the point that the water heater starts leaking out of the temperature and pressure (T&P) relief valve, creating a mess underneath the unit. The unit may also start making noise and shaking, indicating that the pressure levels are affecting the interior components, as well.
If you suspect high-pressure levels, lower the temperature on your water heater’s thermostat. You can also ensure that the T&P relief valve is working properly. Replace the T&P valve if it doesn’t open and close as expected.
4. Water Heater Leak
If you have a water heater leaking from the tank, the water heater tank has experienced corrosion. Corrosion eats at the tank material until it turns into rust. At this point, you will need to replace your water heater.
If the leak occurs from the drain valve, clean or replace the valve to resolve the issue. Enlist the services of a water heater tech to ensure you use the proper size and material.
If you are ready to winterize your water heater before the cold Virginia winters, contact Assure Plumbing for water heater service in Richmond, VA.