Common Water Heater Problems

Posted on: Tuesday, February 19th, 2013  In: Uncategorized

Water heater problems seem to come at the most inconvenient moments, such as in the middle of a shower! Whether you have a gas or electric hot water heater, there are common problems that can be avoided with proper use and maintenance of the equipment.

A defective water heater shows various signs of minor problems before it actually stops working.
•    Slow or poor heating performance – This could be due to sediments that have built up over time on the bottom of the water tank.  The sediment prevents effective heat transfer between the heating element and water.
•    No water or not enough water output – Check if the pilot is On. If it’s Off, relight it.  Check also the thermostat and heating element and have them replaced if defective.
•    Water is too hot – The thermostat could be out of the right setting or is defective.
•    Leaky heater – The problem could be due to a loose or faulty pressure relief valve, loose heating element gasket or leaky pipe. There are a number of possible causes; an expert HVAC technician is needed.
•    Rusty tank – It’s time to replace the water heater.
•    Noisy heater- The noise could be from broken mineral or hard-water scale inside the tank. The tank has to be drained and cleaned.
•    Dirty water – The heater needs to be drained and flushed regularly.
•    Gas odor – Immediately shut off the gas supply and open a window or door to improve room ventilation.  Call the gas company.

Regular water heater maintenance will not only assure you of a continuous supply of hot water, it will also prevent premature damage and replacement of your water heater. If you have an electric water heater, disconnect from the power source before you start any inspection, cleaning or simple repair.

If you are in Alexandria and the Metro DC area, call H and F Service Co., your Alexandria heating company, at (703) 642-6278 and (301) 279-7618 for heater repair or replacement services. You may also choose to have a Periodic HVAC Maintenance Contract Alexandria. H and F Service Co. has been serving the Metro DC area even on weekends, late nights and holidays at no extra charge.

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