Running out of hot water is a terrible way to start the day. We understand that discovering something is wrong with your water heater can be a real pain. It isn’t always the end of the world though. You may not even need to call someone for a water heater repair. There are a variety of reasons your water heater may be acting up, and some are easy to fix. These 5 signs will give you DIY resources and a better understanding of your options if you do have to call a residential or commercial plumber for the job.
Check out this video from Quick Water & Filtration Co. for a great visual on how to identify leaks in different areas of your water heater. The information in the first two signs below will draw from and distill information from a section of this clip.
1. Water Heater Tank Leaking From the Top
There are a few areas that your hot water tank can leak from. Where the leak is located will give you an indication of what your next steps should be.
Looking at the top of the tank, if you find a leak in the cold water inlet, hot water outlet, or around the pipe of the temperature and pressure release valve, these are usually pretty easy water heater repairs.
On the other hand, if the leak in your tank is coming from the vent collar or in the threads of the temperature and pressure release valve, you’re probably looking at a more expensive hot water tank replacement.
2. Water Heater Tank Leaking From the Bottom
Whether you have a gas or electric water heat, if you find water leaking from the bottom, it’s not a good sign. You’ll likely need to call your local plumber for a replacement. Regularly flushing your tank and staying up on maintenance will decrease the likelihood of water pooling under the tank. If it turns out you do need a new water heater with installation, Plumbing One is running a spring special on gas and electric water heaters. Present this coupon to your technician as long as the deal lasts!
3. No Hot Water
No surprise here! If you’re not getting any hot water in your shower, sink, or dishwasher, your water heater isn’t doing its job. While the specific source of the problem may vary, in any case the unit will require attention of some sort. Calling your local plumber is the best way to ensure immediate safety and hot water for the household.
4. Pilot Light is Out
If you have a gas water heater, that means your unit probably relies on a blue flame known as a pilot light. The pilot light is essential to the operation of your water heater. If that pilot light won’t stay lit, this article from Family Handyman will show you a very simple DIY way to replace the thermocouple. However, depending on where you live, regulations may require a certified technician perform the replacement. If you have any question about legality or safety, you know who to call for a water heater repair in Columbus. Our team is happy to answer any questions you have.
5. Slow or Inefficient Hot Water
Maybe your shower takes forever to warm up. Maybe you can get hot water, but it doesn’t last long enough. If either of these is true, it may be another sign that something is wrong with your water heater.
If you find your hot water doesn’t last long, this post from MSP Plumbing Heating Air explains that you may have one of a couple issues, including a sediment buildup in the tank. A trained residential or commercial plumber can flush your hot water tank and restore its functionality. If you’re in the Canal Winchester or Columbus area, give us a call!
This article from Len The Plumber outlines a few potential solutions if your water takes too long to heat up. One such fix is considering a tankless water heater or a hybrid heat pump model. These alternative types of water heaters have a variety of benefits. Climate Masters provides a list of hybrid heat pump heater benefits including the on demand water supply these models boast. Tankless water heaters offer similar benefits in this area. Either model can be an excellent solution to the problem of slow-heating water in your home.
If you suspect an issue with your water heater, feel free to give us a call with any questions. The Plumbing One team has been a trusted industry name in Ohio for over a decade. If one of these 5 signs suggests there’s something wrong with your water heater and you aren’t sure what to do, your local plumbers are always here to help. Hot water issues can be frustrating, but whether it’s a DIY fix or a professional plumber’s handiwork, there’s always a solution. You can count on the P1 team to be around if you need us.