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How to Fix a Water Heater | Roto-Rooter Tacoma

Water heaterLuxuriously warm showers come courtesy of your water heater, but when this appliance fails or needs repair, you'll likely know it when you get a cold splash from your shower. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to detect and repair common problems with your water heater.

Hot water odor

If you smell something funny like rotten eggs when you run hot water, that could be a result of a high concentration of sulfates in the water, it may be time to flush out your water heater tank. Hook up a hose to the drain valve but there are several safety precautions to take when performing this task. Watch this video before attempting to flush your water heater. If after flushing the water heater, your water continues to smell like rotten eggs, you’ll want to call a plumber to inspect it and make necessary repairs. For instance, it may be time to replace the heater’s anode rod, a sacrificial alloy rod that attracts minerals from your water so that they don’t attack the metal tank itself. Call your local Tacoma Roto-Rooter plumbing expert to for any water heater maintenance and repairs.

Test the elements

Another reason for subpar water temperature could be a malfunction of the heating elements, if you have an electric water heater. Test for a burned-out element. This is a dangerous task for novice do-it-yourselfers so if you don’t know what you’re doing, stop and call a licensed plumber. If electricity doesn't flow from the element, you'll need to replace it.

Clean out sediment

Sediment will build up over time in your water heater tank. This is due to your local water having a high mineral content. Leaving this debris in the tank can cause performance problems and can sometimes create a sulfur. You’ll also notice rumbling noises, which occur when the minerals get heated. Draining away the sediment will solve most of these problems. However, it’s not as simple as it sounds since the drain valve will commonly and repeatedly clog as the sediment drains through it. Our video (see link above) on this subject will walk you through the procedure step-by-step so that you can safely perform this task as part of necessary annual maintenance, even if there are no current problems with the heater.

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