Sometimes being in a comfortable home comes at a cost, and that is why a water heater is something you simply cannot do without. It’s perfect for showers, washing laundry, and doing the dishes. However, whether you believe it or not, your heater works long and hard and may result in overworking, which can cause problems and need replacements. To help you find the best water heater for your needs, Lancaster Plumbing & Drain offers the most common concerns customers face with their water heaters. In the following paragraph, we will share with you how to get your water heater up and running.  

What Are Your Problems With Your Water’s Temperature? 

There are many reasons why water heaters experience irregular water temperatures, but one of them is because of their thermostats. Depending on the situation, you may encounter three different types of problems regarding the temperature of the water: it may be too cold, too hot, or warm but not hot enough. The following are some of the likely causes and how you can address this issue:  

Water is too cold: In the case that you are experiencing nothing but cold water throughout your home, it may be caused by either a defective heating element, a defective thermostat, or a lack of power in the system that is providing the water. First, try to diagnose the problem yourself by resetting any blown fuses or tripped breakers in an attempt to resolve it. Depending on that outcome, the next thing you should do to solve the problem is to ensure that all power switches are turned on just in case that doesn’t work. The last thing you should do if the hot water is not working is check your thermostat to ensure it is working correctly. 

Water is too hot: When the water running in your home is too hot, it usually indicates that your thermostat is set too high. As a general rule, the US Department of Energy recommends that you set the temperature for your water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure you are receiving the best possible heated water while remaining energy-efficient at the same time.  

Water is not warm enough: If you notice that the water in your home isn’t warm enough to satisfy the needs of you or your family, it could be due to any number of factors like a faulty heating element, an undersized water heater, a defective thermostat, or crossed connections between the cold and hot water systems. In order to establish whether crossed connections have occurred, it is easiest to turn off the water supply and turn on a hot faucet simultaneously. Unfortunately, the hot tap is likely to continue to run even if there is no drip coming from it, which means that you are experiencing a crossed connection issue. In addition, you might want to check with your local plumbing contractor to determine whether your water heater is the right size and to inspect the thermostat on the heating elements of your water heater if that doesn’t seem to be the problem.   

Are You Satisfied With Your Water Heater’s Performance

Having a leak in your water tank/heater can be the most gut-wrenching experience, not to mention costly! There could be various reasons why; here are the following are some possibilities.  

  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

In the event that you think one of these issues is causing the problem, check your plumbing connections first to see if any are loose. If any bolts or screws are loose, you will need to tighten them ASAP. If you still see a leak after following the previous steps, we recommend contacting us to have your water heater diagnosed.   

Does Your Home Water Appear Discolored?  

You put on the bath water, and it’s discolored and smells terribly wrong. As a result, you immediately ask yourself, what is the cause of this problem, and how did this happen in the first place? It usually occurs due to the anode rod, which is the metal rod that runs through the center of your tank and serves as the anode. However, it could also be a matter of having an old water tank that needs to be replaced. This is why it is better for you to get information from Lancaster Plumbing & Drain as soon as possible so that we can determine whether you need a new water heater or whether you need to replace the anode rod in your water heater.  

Make An Appointment With Lancaster Plumbing & Drain 

There are various types of jobs that we can do. For example, you might need a minor fix, or you might have to replace your water heater entirely. But the great news is our plumbing professionals at Lancaster Plumbing & Drain can take care of it, so you don’t have to! Call us today at (740) 796-8998 or schedule an appointment online by clicking here!