When you’re trying to take a shower or bath and cannot get the proper water temperature, it is frustrating and inconvenient. Some problems may be minor, but others will require professional repair to return your hot water heater to working order. Here are several common hot water heater problems.

1. Leaks

Leaking water can be a minor problem or a serious one, depending on the cause. If your water heater is corroded and water is leaking, this is a more serious problem that will require extensive repair or replacement. Such issues could be caused by sediment that has built up on the bottom of the heater. However, there could be loose connections or valves that are easily fixed after diagnosing the problem. You will need a professional to diagnose the problem and its severity.

2. Broken Thermostat

When your hot water thermostat is broken, it will not be able to regulate the temperature of the water. Specifically, you will not be able to get hot water at all or will have water that is too hot. Alternatively, it may take a long time to get any hot water or you may not get a lot of hot water with your bath or shower. Diagnosing a broken thermostat takes some work with high voltage electricity, so this may not be the best project to take on yourself.

3. Scalding Water

Your hot water heater can be unpredictable at times. Sometimes, even when the temperature is set to a safe level, the water can come out much hotter, placing you at risk from burning hot water. A common cause of this can be that your pressure valve is blocked. There could also be a sediment buildup in the bottom of your tank that causes your water to heat unevenly, and this could cause burning hot pockets. Also, there could be further issues with your thermostat.

If you need to fix your hot water heater, you’ll want to partner with a professional. Call us at Honey's Air & Solar in Modesto to find out how we can help you address your hot water problems. We also offer heating and AC services.

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