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Most people utilize hot water several times a day, but it is not uncommon for homeowners to not spend much time thinking about their hot water heater until there is an issue. Hot water heaters can be plagued with a number of issues; in many cases a hot water heater can be repaired, but in some situations the issues with a hot water heater may indicate that it needs to be replaced. Continue reading to learn more about troubleshooting common issues in an electric hot water heater:
Lack of Hot Water
After living in a home for a while, you figure out how much hot water your hot water heater makes; if you suddenly notice that you're running out of hot water much faster than normal, it is usually due to a problem. One cause of this problem can be loose wiring that is preventing all of the water from being heated. More commonly, a lack of hot water is due to a heating element being broken and needing to be replaced.
Long Time to Heat Up
When you run out of hot water, a water heater in good repair should be able to heat up a new tank of water in a timely manner. When it takes an extended amount of time to regain hot water, it could be caused by several things. One issue may be a build-up of sediment on the bottom of the tank. Taking a long time to heat up can also be due to a broken lower thermostat or a faulty lower heating element. An experienced plumber will be able to diagnose the exact issue and make the needed repairs.
If you stand near your hot water heater while it is heating water and you can hear popping or cracking sounds, it typically means that their is a build-up of sediment inside the tank. The cracking and popping sounds are made when the sediment becomes overheated. In many cases, having your hot water heater drained and flushed by a plumbing and heating expert can fix this problem.
No one wants to shower or wash clothes or dishes in hot water that smells like rotten eggs or sulfur. It can be very alarming to turn on your hot water and discover that it stinks. In most cases, the foul smell is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria inside the water tank. Thoroughly flushing the hot water heater can usually remove the bacteria and eliminate the odor.