Water heater in an empty garage - some common water heater problems you may encounter

Common Water Heater Problems & Their Causes

It’s easy to take your hot water heater for granted until something goes wrong and you’re crying in the middle of the night. Your water heater is certainly one of the most vital appliances in your home, hands down. You use it daily to shower, brush your teeth, and wash dishes, so it’s important to ensure your system is working efficiently at all times. In this blog, we’re going to take a close look at some common water heater issues and the causes behind the issues.  If you ever need water heater replacement or repair services in Benicia, Vallejo & Beyond, reach out to the professionals at Benicia Plumbing today. 

What Causes A Water Heater To Leak?

In many cases, corrosion is the main cause of a leaking tank, but only a licensed plumber will be able to accurately identify the issue. So if you start to notice pools of water collecting around your water heater, contact your local plumbing company right away. A leaking water heater is not something you will want to ignore because small water heater problems can turn into big issues overnight. There is a good chance you will need to completely replace your current water heater, either because it’s too old or has become damaged and significantly less efficient.

Why Is My Water Heater Making Noise?

A noisy water heater can be the result of a few different things. Things like sediment and mineral deposits are known to gather at the bottom of water heater tanks. When the sediment and mineral deposits are heated, it can result in a “bang” or “pop” sound. If you’re looking for a way to effectively combat your noisy water heater, you may want to consider investing in a water treatment system to help filter out sediment and mineral deposits.

Why Does My Water Smell Like Sulfur?

If the water coming out of your kitchen or bathroom faucet has a stinky smell to it, the water likely has bacteria in it, which has accumulated in your hot water tank. If you live in an area of town that uses well water, this may be something you deal with on a regular basis. One way to try and fix this issue is to periodically flush out your water heater. This may help eliminate the sulfur or rotten egg smell from your home’s water.

Why Am I Running Out Of Hot Water?

If your hot water heater stops producing hot water, it could be due to a few different things. The main reason for gas water heaters to stop producing hot water is because of a lack of gas flow to the system (it’s always wise to check your pilot light as well). Try adjusting the thermostat, and if nothing changes, call your local Benicia plumbing company. When it comes to most electric water heaters, you should first check the circuit breaker to make certain that your heater is getting the power it needs to operate properly. If your electric water heater is more than 15 years old, it may need to be replaced or repaired. An experienced plumbing company can help you make this judgment call.

About Benicia Plumbing

When you do business with Benicia Plumbing, you can count accountability, punctuality, transparency, and quality and that is our non-negotiable promise. From the first interaction through the successful completion of any project, you can be certain that Benicia Plumbing, Inc. will endeavor to do everything it can to make your experience the best it possibly can. You can also rest assured that Benicia Plumbing will always maintain the necessary licenses and insurance coverage required by the State of California, and when your job is completed, we will always leave the job site cleaner than when we got there.