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How to Troubleshoot Your Water Heater Problems

We use hot water for seemingly everything throughout our homes. We use it for bathing, for washing dishes, for doing laundry, and the list goes on. So what do you do when your water heater stops working out of nowhere? First, read this blog post. We might be able to help you troubleshoot some problems on your own. If these solutions don’t work, then give our team at Monkey Wrench Plumbing a call!

No Hot Water

There’s nothing worse than stepping into your shower after a long day of work expecting to be able to steam all of the stress out of your body then to find there’s no hot water coming from the showerhead. So what’s causing the lack of hot water? Several things could be to blame. Here are some of the most common culprits of no hot water:

  • A broken or unlit pilot light. The pilot light is a small flame that ignites the gas burner on your water heater, which is responsible for actually heating the water in the tank to your desired temperature. IF the pilot light is not on, then the water will not get any heat.
  • Broken heating elements. If the heating element of your water heater is not working, then there’s no way for the water to reach your desired temperature.
  • Faulty thermostat. Before assuming your thermostat is broken, check the settings and make sure you have it set to the correct temperature. Pro tip: Most water heaters come set to the factory standard of 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but we recommend lowering the temperature to about 120 degrees instead. This will prevent you from scalding yourself, as well as lower your energy bills.

Rust Colored Water

When you turn the faucet or the showerhead on, what color is the water that comes out? If it’s clear, then move along to the next paragraph; there’s nothing to worry about here. However, if you’ve noticed your water turns an orangeish, reddish, brown color, stay here.

Rust-colored water is typically a sign that your water heater needs to be flushed out. That’s right, about twice a year, you should drain your water heater tank of water to allow all of the sediment that collects out of the tank. That sediment comes from any of the minerals in your home’s water supply separating from the water and settling at the bottom of the tank. It can cause the tank to rust, it can coat the heating element making it less effective, and it can even cause premature breakdowns in your water heater.

Leaking Water Heater

Have you noticed the dripping or pooling of water around your water heater? There are a few reasons this could be happening; here are the most common:

  • Faulty connections in your plumbing. If you have any loose screws or gaskets, this will allow water to seep through those gaps and lead to leaks and eventual pools of water.
  • Excessive corrosion to the tank. Remember that rust we talked about earlier? If you wait too long to flush out your water heater, the rust could become corrosive to your water heater tank, and eventually, it could burst.

If you encounter a problem with your water heater and these troubleshooting tips don’t seem to help, then it’s time to call in a professional. At Monkey Wrench Plumbing, water heater plumbing is one of our specialties; from tank models to tankless, we’ve got the experience to figure out what is ailing your system and how to resolve the problem.

To get your hot water flowing again in no time, visit our website to make an appointment with our team, or call this number (310) 773-3882 to speak directly with a representative.