If you're like most people, you probably take your water heater for granted. That's partially because most water heaters are locked away in a cabinet, far removed from the main living quarters of your home. You know it's working when you get hot water from your faucet. You know it's got a problem when you don't get the hot water you need. Unfortunately, if you ignore your water heater until you're out of hot water, you could be in for some serious trouble, especially if waiting leads to the need for a total replacement. To make sure you're not faced with a broken water heater, you need to take care of minor problems as they occur. Here are three issues that will require your immediate attention.
Your Water Heater Keeps Shutting Off
If you've got an electric water heater, and it keeps shutting off, chances are pretty good that the problem lies with your electric panel. The first thing you should do is check the main panel. If the circuit to your water heater has shut off, turn it back to the "on" position and watch it for a few minutes. If that solves the problem, you don't have anything else to worry about. However, if the water heater shuts off again, you might need to have the circuit replaced. It's also a good idea to check the outlet where your water heater is plugged in at, especially if your water heater is connected to a GFCI outlet. If the outlet has switched off, try resetting the GFCI switch. If that solves the problem, you're good to go. However, if the GFCI switch shuts off again, it might be shorting out. If that's the case, it's time to have your water heater replaced.
Your Hot Water is Running Hot and Cold
If the water that comes out of your hot water faucet seems to be running hot and cold, you've got a problem with your thermostat. The first thing you should do is try adjusting the thermostat to see if it will maintain a constant temperature. If that doesn't solve the problem, you should have your plumber come out and troubleshoot the thermostat. You may need to have it replaced. Contact a company like Midwestern Plumbing Service for more information.
Your Water is Starting to Smell Like Rotten Eggs
If you've noticed that your hot water suddenly smells like rotten eggs, it's time to have the anode rod replaced. A faulty anode rod can cause bacteria to build up in your tank, which can result in that nasty, rotten egg smell. The last thing you want is to smell like rotten eggs after your shower. Avoid that problem by having your plumber come out and replace the anode rod.