Is your water heater on the fritz? How inconvenient, right? Whether you’re not getting enough hot water or you’re unit appears to be leaking, several minor issues can cause your water heater to malfunction.
At Steve’s Plumbing & Heating, we know just how inconvenient a faulty water can be, especially if your unit goes out in the middle of our frigid Wisconsin Rapids winter. To help you determine what might be going on, below, we’ve listed a few of the most common water heater problems we see and how you should address them.
No Hot Water Production
If your water heater suddenly stops heating water, check your circuit breaker first. The breaker may have tripped, causing the unit to lose power. If that’s the case, simply flip the breaker, wait for about 20 minutes, and re-check the hot water supply. If it’s hot, you’re good to go.
If a tripped breaker isn’t the issue, one of the water heater’s heating elements may be malfunctioning. The thermostat’s reset/limit switch may also be faulty or it may have tripped because the water inside the tank was too hot.
If you think the issue may be due to a faulty heating element or switch, call a plumber to schedule a water heater inspection. If any components require replacement, your plumber can take care of the job on the spot.
Insufficient Hot Water
If your water heater appears to be producing less hot water than usual, sediment buildup inside the tank is usually the culprit. Or, the lack of hot water may be due to a faulty thermostat.
In cold climates (hello, Central Wisconsin), insufficient hot water may be the result of a thermostat setting that’s just a bit too low. As water travels through your home’s plumbing system, it naturally cools slightly. But in winter, when temperatures are freezing, water traveling through pipes can cool down rapidly.
To find out what’s causing the issue, try adjusting the temperature setting on the unit’s thermostat to see if that corrects the problem. If it doesn’t you’ll need to schedule water heater repair with a licensed plumber.
Water Requires Excessive Time to Reheat
If your water heater seems like it’s taking longer than usual to reheat your hot water supply, a heating element or thermostat issue is the most likely culprit. Call a plumber to schedule water heater repair if the issue persists.
It’s important to note that if you’ve just switched from a gas water heater to an electric unit, your electric water heater requires about twice the recovery time that your gas unit did. An uptick in your hot water usage can also make it seem like your water heater is taking longer than normal to reheat.
If you’ve noticed your water heater just can’t seem to keep up, consider investing in a unit with a larger tank that can better serve your household.
Water Leaking from the Bottom of the Tank
When water drips from the bottom of your water heater’s tank, the issue probably stems from one of the following problems:
● The T&P valve is opening to release excess tank pressure, which can cause a small amount of water to escape the overflow pipe.
● An electric heating element gasket is loose or faulty, which can cause leaks.
● Condensation is building on the bottom of the tank, which is normal.
● The tank itself is old or faulty and has developed a leak.
To find out what’s causing the issue, schedule an appointment with a plumber. Valve and heating element issues can be repaired, but if your tank is leaking, the only way to correct the problem is to get a water heater replacement.
Need Water Heater Repairs in Wisconsin Rapids? Contact Steve’s Plumbing & Heating
If your water heater is on the fritz, schedule a water heater repair appointment with our team at Steve’s Plumbing & Heating. We specialize in water heater replacement, installation, and comprehensive repairs, and serve households throughout Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, and the surrounding areas. To get started, request a quote, give us a call at 715-421-1800, or contact us online for more information.