Having Problems With Your Electric Water Heater? Help is on the Way!

Having issues with your electric water heater means having issues with your whole day. A malfunctioning water heater means that you’ll most likely have trouble showering, brushing your teeth, cooking meals, and performing many other everyday tasks. Needless to say, there’s no time to have a faulty electric water heater – you need to find a solution fast and we’re here to help. Here’s some Electric Water Heater Troubleshooting:

*NOTE: Be very, VERY careful when dealing with your HOT water heater. It is HOT! Proceed with caution.

If your electric water heater is leaking hot water

  • You should first determine if your hot water tank is leaking or if your pressure relief valve is leaking. If you have a leaking tank you may have an issue with a connection or valve on your water heater tank. For more information on how to diagnose your leak, check out this article: What Everyone Should Know About Their Water Heaters

If your electric water heater is making a lot of noise…

  • This problem is most likely caused by scale build up on the elements or you may actually have the wrong elements. If you’re sure that you have the correct elements for your water heater have them cleaned. If after having them cleaned you still find that there is a lot of noise coming from your electric water heater, you may need to have your elements replaced.

If your electric water heater is not supplying hot water

  • The first thing you should do is check your circuit breaker. If you find that it has tripped, this is the source of the problem. If it has not tripped then you most likely have a problem with the thermostat, element, or limit switch. If this is the case, give your local plumber a call.

If your electric water heater takes too long to reheat…

  • If you’re lucky all you’ll have to do is adjust the thermostat. To do this, you should first shut off the power to the water heater and try adjusting the temperature setting. If you find that doesn’t work, your thermostat may need to be replaced or you could have a problem with the lower thermostat or lower element.

If your electric water heater doesn’t provide enough hot water

  • This problem is similar to the previous one in that it is most likely an issue with your thermostat. Try the above troubleshooting options.

If your electric water heater has colored water coming out of it

  • That’s just plain gross. We have to take care of that as soon as possible. If your water is coming out black or a rusty color then there is scale build up on the elements or there may be a dissolved anode. To fix this problem you should have your elements cleaned or replaced immediately.

If your electric water heater makes the water too hot

  • This can be very dangerous but luckily, it is most likely a quick fix. Your thermostat is probably just set too high. All you have to do is go in and turn the temperature down. If that isn’t the problem, your thermostat may not be seated properly.

If your electric water heater has a bad smell coming out of it

  • This is most likely caused by bacteria build up in the tank. The first thing you should do to try and get rid of the odor is flush the tank. If that doesn’t work, try replacing the anode rod.

 *Don’t forget to consult your user’s manual for more specific troubleshooting!

Jeff Shaffer plumbing is committed to providing electric water heater troubleshooting in the Orange County area. We pride ourselves on quality service and positive interactions with our customers. To see our other services, visit us here, or call us at (949) 361-2688.