Installing a brand new water heater is expensive. Usually we think that if our water heaters are spoil or are giving problems, then the only solution is to get it replaced.

With a little bit of elbow grease and some basic tools you can fix a few common water heater problems. Let’s have a look at a few common problems that you could face with your water heater and solutions on how to repair them by yourself. You may require a few heater replacement parts that could available at your local hardware store.Problem 1

Water no longer gets heated

The first thing to do would be to check whether the pilot light is on or not. If you notice that the pilot light is on, it may be a sign that the gas couple to the main heater may need to be replaced. If, if case, the pilot light goes out after being lit, the water heater control valve could be the issue at hand. If what you own is an electric water heater then it could be a problem with the thermostat and it may need replacement.

Problem 2

Brownish rusty water

Every water heater is equipped with an anode rod that slowly dissolves to prevent the inside of the tank from rusting.  Once the entire rod has dissolved, rust may begin to flow out of the shower. All you have to do is replace the rod and the problem will be fixed.

Problem 3

Stench from water

Usually foul- smelling water means that there is a bacterial infection.  Even a small leak in your municipal water pipers can cause bacteria to reach your water heater. A full flushing of the heater will get rid of this problem. Additionally, for a full 40 gallon tank, 2-3 pints of hydrogen peroxide solution should be added to fresh water. Keep this solution for 2 hours before you add more water to the tank. In case the problem still persists you may have to use a zinc alloy anode rod to rid yourself of it.

Problem 4

Sounds from inside the water heater

Due to a build up of sediment at the bottom of the tank, water can sometimes start to boil. Perform a full flush of the water heater and you’re problem will be fixed. Likewise with electric water heaters, a whistling sound may signify sediment build up on the heater elements. A thorough cleaning will solve the problem

Problem 5

Water leaks

If water started overheating in the tank, the relief valve will dispense the excess water to allow the tank pressure to be lessened. In case you face this issue, reducing the thermostat to a lower setting will work.  If the leak had occurred beneath the heater or in case it has rust in it, this may be a warning sign of corrosion and the tank may need replacement.

Now you’re equipped to deal with the common problems with a water heater but do not shy away from asking a professional plumber for assistance.


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