4 Common Water Heater Problems

Nobody likes a freezing shower, and especially as we begin to enter colder temperatures here in Georgia. If your water heater isn't doing its job, it can cause myriad other issues around your home, but there are telltale signs that may help you diagnose the cause of the problem. When it comes to maintenance around the home, knowing what to look for is half the battle. 

We've put together a quick guide to break down the four main problems your water heater might have, how we can help, and how to avoid them in the future. 

 1. Discolored Water

Discolored water coming from your faucets is never a good sign, and usually should be taken care of as soon as possible. One cause of your water being discolored, usually a brownish red, is rust on the inside of your water heater tank's inner lining.

If you suspect that rust is the cause of your water heater putting out discolored water, contact Coleman Plumbing today. Water heaters that are producing rust can sometimes be fixed by replacing the anode rod, a charged piece of metal which attracts corrosive agents that would otherwise cause wear on your water heater. In some cases, this issue might have to be fixed by replacing the unit as a whole. 

2. Unsteady Temperatures 

If you notice that your water isn't holding a steady temperature, then you may need to check the thermostat on your water heater. If your water is too hot, you may need to turn down the heat. The US Department of Energy suggests around 120⁰F for optimal safety. If your water is running too cold or just lukewarm, contact a plumber, as you may be in need of a tune-up or a replacement. Contact Coleman Plumbing today for help with your water heater's temperatures. 

3. Leaking Water 

Discovering a leak somewhere in your home is never fun and finding one near your water heater can be pretty alarming. There are very many reasons why your water heater's tank might be leaking, including tank pressure issues, valve issues, overheating, gasket problems, and more.

Find a way to catch the leak with a bucket or pan and look for a loose valve or fitting to see if something just needs tightening first. If you notice a puddle of water on the floor by your water heater, contact Coleman Plumbing today to schedule a repair. 

4. Snap, Crackle & Pop! 

Just like your car, hearing a noise that doesn't sound right usually means it requires your attention. If you're hearing noises coming from your water heater, it might be time to contact a professional. Many sounds you hear coming from your water heater mean that there is a buildup of sediment which will need to be flushed out.

If you're hearing anything unusual come from your water heater, contact Coleman Plumbing today to have us perform an inspection on your unit. 

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