I think we could all agree that when it comes to having hot water, we tend to take advantage of the fact that we, for the most part, have full access to it. Let’s face it, we are pretty spoiled these days, but without hot water, we wouldn’t be able to take hot showers, do dishes, wash dirty clothes or do anything that requires hot water. But, due to the fact that we depend on it so often, it can cause your heater to overwork, resulting in problems that may need attention. In this article, our plumbing professionals at Mason Plumbing & Drain discuss common water heater problems and the best ways to get your equipment up and running.  

Are You Experiencing Too Cold/Hot Showers?   

The biggest problem in water heaters today is irregular temperature. Those being too cold, hot, or not hot enough. Below, we explain the likely causes and how to address the situation:   

  • Water is too cold – There could be several causes for cold water running throughout your home, including a faulty heating element, a defective thermostat, or an insufficient power supply. You can self-diagnose the problem by resetting any blown fuses or tripped breakers. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, you will want to verify that the power switches are on. As a last resort, if there is still no hot water, confirm that the thermostat is functioning correctly.   
  • Water is too hot – If the water in your home is running too hot, more than likely, it’s an indicator that your thermostat setting is too high. To guarantee you’re experiencing the best-heated water while staying energy-efficient, the US Department of Energy recommends that the best temperature to set your thermostat for your water heater is 120 degrees Fahrenheit.   
  • Water is warm but isn’t hot enough – If the water in your home isn’t warm enough for you and your family, there is a possibility it is due to a faulty heating element, an undersized water heater, a defective thermostat, or crossed cold and hot connections. The easiest way to rule out crossed connections is to turn off the water supply and switch on a hot faucet. If the water from the hot tap still flows, you may have a crossed connection issue. Suppose that doesn’t seem to be the issue. In that case, we suggest getting in touch with your local plumbing contractor to evaluate whether your water heater is the correct size and to inspect your water heater’s heating elements thermostat.    

What Is The Cause Of The Leaks In My Water Heater?  

Unfortunately, leaks in your water heater can happen more than just to its tank. There could be multiple issues with your water heater, including:  

1. Stuck valve  

2. Improper water pressure  

3. Bad gasket  

4. Faulty temperature   

5. Relief valve or loose heating element bolts  

6. The water heater overheating  

7. A leak from a nearby plumbing connection.   

If you continue to see a leak even after following these steps above, we advise calling a professional, such as Mason Plumbing & Drain, to have a closer look at your water heater.    

Why Is My Water Not Clear? 

Rusty water, anyone? The last thing you want to pour in your glass for yourself or your family is discolored water straight from the faucet. If your home’s running water is any color other than clear, especially if it is a rusty color, it may indicate decay inside your water heater. Usually, this is caused by a failing anode rod (a metal rod that runs down the center of your tank, usually made from magnesium, aluminum, or aluminum/zinc alloy) or an older water heater tank that needs to be replaced. However, getting input from your local plumbing contractor would be your best choice so that they can decide whether you need to replace the anode rod or install a new water heater.    

Leave It To Mason Plumbing & Drain 

Whether you need a minor fix or to replace your water heater, it can be a big job. But our plumbing professionals at Mason Plumbing & Drain can handle all the work at competitive prices others can’t beat! Don’t believe us? Call us today at (513) 298-6996, or schedule an appointment online by clicking here! We are here to help when you need it the most!