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  • What’s Wrong With My Water Heater?


  • What’s Wrong With My Water Heater?

    July 26, 2019


    For many homeowners, the water heater is the most mysterious and intimidating system in the home. Trying to figure out why it’s not working can be a confusing and frustrating process. That’s why the plumbing experts at Crawford Services are here. Our experienced plumbers have assembled this guide to troubleshooting your water heater. Read on to learn more!

    1. Water Temperature Problems

    Shivering in a shower that just can’t get hot enough? You’ve got an issue with your water heater.

    • If you don’t have any hot water, you likely have an electric issue. First, check the breaker box. If the water heater’s breaker is tripped, flip it to ‘off,’ then ‘on.’

    If that doesn’t work, reset the high-temperature limit on the heater. To do this, turn the breaker off, remove the access panel for the upper heating element of the water heater, press the high-temperature cutoff reset button, replace the access panel, and turn on the breaker.

    • If you have only a short burst of hot water, you have an issue with the lower heating element. On the other hand, if you experience a constant stream of lukewarm water, your problem lies with the upper heating element. Luckily, any homeowner can fix the heating elements of their hot water heater.
    • If you don’t have enough hot water, you are probably in need of a replacement, not a repair. When demand exceeds the capacity of your water heater, you will run out of hot water. When this is the case, we recommend calling a professional to assess your family’s hot water needs, and to recommend an appropriately sized water heater.

    2. Leaks

    The minute you see your water heater leaking, it’s time to act. Leaking water can cause significant, and expensive, damage to your home. In most cases, leaks are caused by loose heating elements or tank corrosion.

    To fix a leak, first try tightening the heating elements with a wrench. However, if your tank is corroded there is no fixing it. Turn off the heater at the breaker and cut off the water supply. Next, drain the tank. Finally, call a plumber, and purchase a replacement.

    3. Discoloration/Odor

    Discoloration is one of the most shocking problems you could have with a water heater. Luckily, it is rarely dangerous.

    • Brown, yellow, or red water is a sign you have rust in your water. While this rust won’t harm you or your family’s health, it could stain your clothes and your dishes. Rust in your water heater is an easy fix. Simply install a water softener or filtration system.
    • Green water indicates copper pipe corrosion. If this issue cannot be fixed by adding a filtration system, it may be necessary to replace the copper pipes with plastic ones.
    • Foul, sewage-like odors are due to bacteria growing in your water heater. If this happens, don’t panic. Though having bacteria in your water sounds gross, it is not harmful. A plumber can fix the problem by replacing the anode rod in your heater.

    4. Noise

    A rumbling, popping, or a high-pitched whine are usually due to sediment buildup in your water heater. When sediment collects in your water heater, the bottom of the tank will overheat, boiling the water and producing an annoying noise. To solve this issue, drain the water out of the tank to get rid of the sediment. If that doesn’t work, you might have to replace the tank entirely.

    What’s Wrong with My Water Heater?

    Still asking “what’s wrong with my water heater?” It’s time to call in an expert. Crawford Services proudly provides plumbing solutions to the DFW area. Our technicians are licensed, background checked, and drug tested. If you need HVAC or plumbing service, call us today at 214-271-8800 (Dallas), or 817-869-9045 (Fort Worth).