Taking a hot shower in the morning is something we take for granted. However, if you wake up in Michigan and step into a cold shower, you may suddenly realize just how important your water heater is. The average water heater lasts for years. Unfortunately, there are a few issues that come up routinely. Some of the most common water heater problems include: the water doesn’t get hot enough, the water gets too hot, or the water takes forever to get hot.
The most common water heater problems
Most people know how to adjust the temperature on their water heater. If you are having issues with the temperature of your water, the thermostat is the first thing to check.
Water temperature problems
- Water doesn’t get hot. If you’ve checked the thermostat, and the water in your house is not getting hot at all, the problem could be minor. Check your circuit breakers and fuses. If this doesn’t solve the problem, you may need to reset your water heater. It may have turned off because of a high-temperature cut-off. To do this, open the panel on your water heater and press the reset button.
- Water is too hot. If the water is too hot, this is almost always because the thermostat is set too high. Turn the thermostat down and give the temperature in the tank time to cool down.
- Water takes too long to get hot. There are several reasons why this could happen. It could be a faulty heating element or thermostat, or it could just be because your water heater is located too far away from your sink, faucet, or shower.
- Hot water runs out too quickly. This may be because the tank is too small for the number of people using it. You may need to limit how many people shower or use the hot water at one time.
Other common water heater problems include:
Water heater is leaking. If your hot water heater is leaking, there are several reasons why that might be happening. The issue could range from loose connections, faulty valves, or corrosion. Leaking water can cause damage to your home or be a serious concern. If you see water leaking from your water heater, you should get it checked out by a professional.
Water heater is making noise. When you hear rumbling, popping, banging, or high-pitched noises from your water heater, there are several explanations. Sediment buildup is a common reason for noisy water heaters. Your water heater could also be old and need replacement.
Pilot light issues. If your water is not getting hot, it could be because of a faulty pilot light. A defective pilot light could mean several things: the pilot light doesn’t light, or it goes out soon after lighting. It could be the pilot light itself, or it could be the thermocoupler (which connects the gas valve and pilot light) or the gas valve itself.
If you are having any of these common water heater problems, call Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning today at (734) 425-1415.