What are some common electric water heater problems?

11 February 2016
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You rely on your electric water heater to provide you with evenly-distributed hot water every time you turn on a faucet or run your washing machine. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Here are some common problems that might occur with your water heater and tips on repairing it.

Inadequate Hot Water

This is a very common problem that could have several possible solutions. First of all, if you have a relatively new electric water heater, check the thermostat first. New water heaters should not be having issues with the hot water, so it is often due to something very simple. The thermostat might need to be adjusted, or it may have another reason for malfunctioning. If it looks like the thermostat is having problems, try calling a professional to have it looked at. For older electric hot water heaters, lack of proper water could be due to sediment building up inside the water heater or from incorrect voltage being used.

Complete Lack of Hot Water

You might also find that when turning on a faucet or your shower, you have absolutely no hot water whatsoever. There are multiple potential causes for this issue. Like many of the other electric water heater problems, this could be from the thermostat. Have it inspected if you think it is faulty as this can solve many of your problems. You might also be lacking power to the water heater, such as from a fuse that is blown. There may also be a heating element that needs to be repaired. 

There is a Leak

Water leaks are common among all types of water heaters, including electrical water heaters. You should consider the age of your water heater when determining the possible cause of the leak. With older water heaters, leaks are often caused by the various heating elements that might be corroding or cracking, and, therefore, need to be replaced. In some cases, the entire water heater needs to be replaced. With newer electric hot water heaters, it is more likely that is is simply an outlet or connection that is loose or should be replaced. This is a minor fix. Other possible causes include a leaking valve, overhead connection that is faulty, or a gasket or bolt that has started to corrode.

If you have any issues with your water heater, contact a plumbing professional right away. You sooner you get repairs done, the less permanent damage the particular issue will cause.