3 Common Water Heater Problems to Avoid in Winter

‘Rumbling sounds’ from my hot water system

If your water heater is making ‘rumbling noises’, the most likely cause is a sediment build up. This build up is caused by naturally occurring minerals in the water supply that build up overtime. This thick layer of sediment traps small amounts of water underneath and overheats, causing strange noises. The solution to this problem is a professional flush of your hot water system. If you hear strange noises coming from your hot water system, contact a certified plumber as soon as possible.

Leaking hot water system

Water heater leaks can stem from a range of different causes, from something as simple as a loose valve, to a much more complex and costly issue, such as a corroded tank. To determine the cause of your hot water system leak, turn off the gas or electricity to the water heater and then turn off the water supply. Dry as much of the water on and around the tank as possible, then look for the location of the leak.

The most leak prone areas include: the cold water inlet valve, the heater drain valve, the T&P relief valve, as well as the tank itself (if it has corroded). If you can’t locate the leak or aren’t confident navigating your hot water system, it’s best to call in a professional plumber.

Hot water system tripping the circuit breaker

The three main elements that cause your water heater to trip the circuit breaker are: a bad heating element, a bad thermostat and wiring problems. If you encounter this problem, turn off your hot water system and contact a plumber immediately.

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