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Water Heater Repair

How To Fix Common Water Heater Issues

Water heaters are an essential part of every home. When they go down, it will disrupt everything in the house. The good news? There are some common issues that are easy to fix.

No Hot Water

If you have no hot water coming out of your faucet, you should determine if you have an electric or gas water heater. If you have a gas-powered water heater, chances are that you have a faulty pilot light. When the pilot light goes out, it could be a sign that the pilot control valve or the thermocouple has gone bad.

If you have an electric water heater, the problem could be that the heating element has broken. You can replace the heating element by yourself. But, it is a good idea to have a plumbing professional address this problem to make sure that it is correct. When it comes to plumbing, you can never be too careful.

The Water Is Too Hot

If you experience issues with your water being too hot, this is a very simple fix. If your water is too hot, reset the thermostat on the water heater. Then, recheck your water temperature. A setting of 120 degrees is perfect for your water heater. If you cannot find the thermostat, you will want to call a plumber out to address the problem.

Leaking Water

If you find water leaking from your water heater, this can come from many issues. You want to troubleshoot to make sure that you do not have any loose plumbing connections. Look for loose elements and if you find any, tighten them up. If you keep seeing leaking water, it may be time for a gasket replacement. Never try to do the gasket replacement yourself. A plumbing professional will be able to do this for you in no time.

Rust Colored or Smelly Water

If you have brown, red-tinted, or yellow water, this is a sign of corrosion in your water heater tank. This can be an issue caused by a failing anode rod. If this is the case, you will want to get it replaced as soon as possible. If you smell a smell that smells like rotten eggs, this is a build-up of bacteria in your water heater. You should have a professional flush and clean your water heater.

Strange Noises

If you hear strange noises coming from your water tank, these issues could be from a buildup of sediment. You can fix this by flushing the water heater. If the sediment build-up is severe, you may have to replace the water heater. If you do have to replace the heater, it is best left to plumbing experts that know exactly how to install the heater.


At Harwich Port Heating and Cooling, our team of plumbing professionals can help. We want to make sure that your water heater works as it should. If you have any plumbing issues, please give us a call today.