Home Improvement

Common Water Heater Problems

Your water heater is an important appliance in your home. It’s hidden in the basement so you don’t think about this appliance as often. It is as important to maintain it as any other appliance in the home. These are the most common problems that water heaters face.

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There is not enough hot water

It can be frustrating to experience fluctuating water temperatures. After a long day of being outside in the heat, there’s nothing better than getting into a hot or cold shower. Not having enough hot water can be one of the biggest water heater problems.

There is no hot water

If you are unable to get hot water, it is time to look closer. Perhaps the pilot light or heating element have stopped working. Think about the type of water heater that you have. Once you’ve determined this, it is time to call a professional plumber.

Strange Smells

You shouldn’t notice any strange smells or unusual noises coming out of your water heater. Sediment buildup, excessive scaling and the possibility that the heater is about to fail are all indicators of weird sounds. What about strange smells? Your water could smell like rotten eggs. You don’t want your water to be contaminated with bacteria. Get in touch with a plumber immediately. If the water smells like hot water, it could be a sign of something else. To confirm that the problem is not related to your water heater, test the cold water. This could indicate a larger problem that requires professional assistance.


Like other water-based appliances, your water heater should not leak. If the water heater leaks, it is an indication of a larger problem. Simple repairs will not last long. It is best to replace the tank at this point. You should not take a bursting tank lightly. It can flood your home and cause severe damage. Leaks can quickly get worse. Real Home Improvements Plumbing experts can help you get out of this crisis situation quickly.