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Commonly faced problems with hot water systems

Posted by on August 18, 2014
As a homeowner, there is always the risk of being faced with problems that may arise with your hot water system. Thankfully, most of these issues are not particularly serious and can be easily remedied. However, before deciding on a solution, it is important to first understand what the problem actually is. The three most common issues you may experience that are rooted in your home’s hot water system are: you are not receiving enough hot water, the temperature of your hot water is too high, or your hot water emits a strange odor and/or appears discoulored. 


The first problem is of course not very serious, and can most often be remedied by purchasing a larger water heater, particularly if the problem is long-lasting. However, if the problem appears more suddenly, you may need to check that the water heater is not leaking nor that the tank hasn’t fallen victim to mineral deposits. In other cases, it’s possible that your water heater’s dip tube has been broken or cracked and may need to be replaced by a professional.


The second issue of hot water being far too hot is also a relatively common one that is potentially the most serious in nature because of its potential to scald the skin and possibly rupture the water heater if not remedied as soon as possible. The root of the problem in this case is almost always within the water heater’s temperature-pressure relief valve that may either be malfunctioning or has been installed improperly. In this case, fixing the problem will more than likely involve having your water heater’s temperature-pressure relief valve replaced. 


The last of these common problems, while not significantly serious, can still be somewhat costly to solve. You will first need to determine whether the water’s odor and discoloration is sourced from the water itself or from the water heater by seeing if running both hot and cold water produce the same results. In this case, you will likely want to have a water filter or softener installed in your home. However, if the problem is rooted within the water heater you will need to first attempt to flush your water heater’s tank and see if that takes care of the issue on its own. If not, you will most likely need to have your water heater’s anode rod replaced. 
As these issues can be quite bothersome to any homeowner, it is always best to pursue prevention methods before all else. Do your best to take care of your home’s hot water system and make regular maintenance a priority to ensure that the occurrence of issues like these remain minimal.

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