What Causes Water Heaters to Malfunction?

What Causes Water Heaters to Malfunction?

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Water heaters break for a number of reasons. Some of these reasons are more complex than others, but in any case, repairing these problems involves diagnosing what the cause of the problem is. With a little understanding of how water heaters work, anyone can determine the cause of a water heater malfunction. While water heaters are generally designed to function for long periods without incident, certain problems can put them out of commission. Of the most common issues, many can be fixed without needing to purchase a replacement water heater. By understanding these problems it is possible to extend the useful life of a water heater.

  • One common water heater problem is that of foul smelling water. Seemingly for no reason, water takes on the pungent smell of rotten eggs. This smell is typically caused by a bacterial outbreak within the water heater. Bacterial outbreaks are generally easy to repair and do not require replacing the water heater.
  • At times, a water heater can begin to emit loud popping noises or whining sounds. These noises are usually caused by an internal sediment problem within the water heater. If caught early these sediment issues can usually be resolved. Ignoring sediment issues can cause serious damage to a water heater.
  • Water leakage is another frequently occurring issue with water heaters. One cause of leakage is overheating within the water heater itself. Properly regulating heat distribution within the heater is typically enough to solve leakage issues.
  • When the hot water suddenly becomes cold, this can be indicative of a problem with the pilot light of the water heater. Repairing or replacing the pilot light should return water to the correct temperature. If having the pilot light serviced does not solve the problem there may be a more serious issue involved.
  • Rust colored water may also indicate an unresolved water heater issue. Most water heaters include specialized parts which prevent rust from entering the water they supply. When this part is damaged or defective, water begins to take on a rusty appearance.

If your water heater begins to express some of these “symptoms” of decay or malfunction, you must call your preferred local plumber to assess the damage. Professionals like S & D Plumbing in Austin, TX are available to help you with your unit. Call us today for expert water heater repair service when you think you may have some trouble with your unit.

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