Having a water heater in your home isn’t a second thought; it’s something you absolutely want to have. Simply put, it’s great for showers, washing your laundry, and doing the dishes. But believe it or not, your water heater works harder behind the scenes than you may think to keep you and your family comfortable. Because it works harder, and sometimes for a long time, it can lead to problems that may require a replacement or additional assistance. With this in mind, our plumbing professionals at Five Star Columbus Plumbing will review the everyday water heater problems that customers tend to encounter in this article. Then, we will do our best to share with you to get your water heater up and running. 

Does Your Water Temperature Cause You Any Problems? 

Did you know that water temperature is one of the most common problems water heaters experience? The main complaints that some struggle with is water being too cold, too hot, or not hot enough. Let’s review some of the options below and how to prevent it. 

1. Why is my water so cold?  

You’re about to run a bath or shower, and your water is cold! This is one of the worst feelings in the world, am I right? Some causes of cold water running throughout your home are possibly a heating element has gone bad, a defective thermostat, or a poor power supply: 

  • You can start by resetting any blown fuses or tripped breakers. 
  • Be sure you check to see if your power is still on; as easy as that sounds, that could be the cause. 
  • If you’re still running cold water, ensure that the thermostat is set to the correct temperature.   

 2. Why is my water so hot?  

Can you ever have too hot of a shower? For some, not so much, but for others, they’re not a fan. Water running too hot in your home is likely caused by your thermostat being set too high. The US Department of Energy suggests you set the temperature for your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to guarantee the best-heated water. 

3. Why is my water warm but not hot?  

More likely, it’s due to a deficient heating element, an undersized water heater, a defective thermostat, or possibly crossed cold and hot connections. The easiest way to rule out crossed connections is to turn off the water supply and switch on the faucet. You may have a crossed connection issue if the hot water still flows. If you’re still struggling to find the issue with your water heater, it may be time to call Five Star Columbus Plumbing. We are here to help assess whether your water heater is the correct size and to determine if your water heater’s heating elements thermostat possibly needs to be replaced.  

How Does Your Water Heater Perform? Do You Know When There Is a Leak?  

Leaks in your water heater/tank can happen for different reasons. Some of the possibilities might be the following: 

  1. Stuck valve 
  1. Improper water pressure 
  1. A bad gasket 
  1. Faulty temperature 
  1. Overheating water heater 
  1. A leak from a nearby plumbing connection.  

Finding a leak in your water heater can be one of the worst experiences and feelings. If you believe one of these issues above may be the culprit, you should first check to see if you need to tighten any loose plumbing connections. And, if you continue to see a leak even after following the previous steps, we advise calling us to diagnose the issue you may have with your water heater.    

Does Your Home Water Appear Discolored? 

You turn on your bath water, and your water comes out discolored and smells terribly wrong. The cause? It’s usually by the anode rod, which is a metal rod that runs down the center of your tank. Or perhaps it could be an old water tank that needs to be replaced. However, getting information from Five Star Columbus Plumbing would be your best choice so that we can decide if you need to replace the anode rod or perhaps install a new water heater for your home. 

Make An Appointment With The Pros 

It can be a big task, needing a minor fix or a more significant job like replacing your water heater. But the great news is our plumbing professionals at Five Star Columbus Plumbing can take care of that task, so you don’t have to! Call us today at (614) 401-8086, or schedule an appointment online by clicking here