One of the first indications of a water heater problem is the lack of hot water. It could be warm or even cold. The first thing to check is the thermostat to make sure it is on and the temperature is at the right setting. If the heater is gas operated, the pilot light must also be lit so it can heat the coils. If it passes these tests and the water remains cool, there might be a problem with the heating element in the tank, or the thermostat is inoperative. In this case, a professional should be called in to make the proper evaluation.
A water heater should be checked for leaks at the bottom and plumbing connections. The hot water side is more prone to leakage. Excessive condensation on the heater exterior is another sign of internal leakage. Any mold on the adjoining walls or on the floor indicates a leak which must be properly inspected. Very small leaks in the plumbing pipes are repairable and can be performed by a service technician. Rust that is found in pooled water under the heater indicates deterioration of the water heater’s interior components and this might lead to a complete replacement.
Hard minerals are the enemy of water heaters. They can plug the lines and clog the heater interior passages. When this happens, the water pressure will seem low due to the restricted flow. The water flow can also spray from the faucet with propulsive jets, similar to a sporadic choking of the water flow. Any type of thumping or banging on the wall indicates a pressure problem that could be due to excessive sediment buildup in the water heater. If the unit has an automatic pressure relief valve, it should be functioning properly when the standard pressure is reached. If the valve is inoperative, it must be replaced.
Any type of rotten egg smell coming from a gas heater usually indicates a burnt-out or defective anode rod. This requires the expertise of a company technician to inspect and replace the component.
Is the water heater in your Lakeland home in need of repairs? Call Samco Plumbing at (863) 509-1718 and schedule a service call today!