We rely on hot water for many essential tasks in the home, especially when it comes to cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene. A lack of hot water can be incredibly disruptive, but understanding your water heater and the causes behind common Ambler water heater repair issues can help you quickly determine the best course of action.
Common Types of Hot Water Heaters
The most common types of water heaters found in home and businesses include:
- Heat Pump Water Heater — This is a hybrid system that utilizes a tank, typically drawing heat from the air.
- Conventional Storage Tank Water Heaters — Water is heated and stored inside of an insulated storage tank. Conventional tanked water heaters may be gas or electric operated.
- Tankless Water Heaters — Tankless systems heat water on demand, which essentially gives homeowners an infinite hot water capacity.
3 Common Water Heater Problems
Despite the differences between water heater systems, there are common issues that crop up. Let’s investigate.
1. A Lack of Hot Water
If you experience a situation where there is no hot water at all, there may several causes, including:
- A tripped breaker
- A blown fuse
- Thermostat issues
- Broken or malfunctioning heating elements
- Pilot light problems or a faulty thermocouple (if the water heater is gas operated)
Start by checking the thermostat to ensure the system is on and set to the correct temperature. Next, check the electrical panel for a tripped breaker or blown fuse. If you are unable to find the issue, call a local HVAC professional to diagnose the problem.
2. Lukewarm or Insufficient Hot Water
If this issue is chronic, even with regular maintenance, your water heater may simply be too small to keep up with your household’s hot water demands. If water is lukewarm even when waiting in between uses, it’s possible that there is sediment build-up preventing heating elements from properly heating water. A qualified professional can flush and descale the unit.
3. Discolored Water
If you notice brown, red or rust-colored water only when running hot water, it could indicate the presence of corrosion inside of the water tank. This could be due to a sacrificial anode rod — a component that attracts the electrolytes in tap water and helps prevent tank corrosion — that needs to be replaced. Anode rods typically need to be replaced every 5–10 years. If the corrosion has reached the tank lining, it’s likely time for a water heater replacement.
Call on the Team at Kinkaid
Kinkaid has been in business since 1917, and serving our community remains our top priority to this day. Our experts specialize in Ambler water heater repair, replacement and ongoing maintenance. Give us a call at (215) 646-5577 or visit us online to get started today.