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Common Water Heater Problems and How to Fix Them

As a San Antonio homeowner, you rely on your water heater to provide hot water for daily tasks like bathing, cleaning, and cooking. However, like any appliance, water heaters can experience problems that disrupt your routine and cause inconvenience. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the most common water heater problems and provide you with tips on how to fix them.

No Hot Water

If you’re not getting any hot water from your water heater, the issue could be due to a faulty heating element, a tripped circuit breaker, or a problem with the thermostat. First, check the circuit breaker and reset it if necessary. If that doesn’t work, you may need to replace the heating element or thermostat.

Insufficient Hot Water

If you’re running out of hot water quickly, the problem could be due to a malfunctioning thermostat, a small water heater tank, or high hot water demand. Check the thermostat settings and adjust them if needed. If the issue persists, consider upgrading to a larger water heater tank or a tankless water heater.

Water Heater Leaks

Water heater leaks can cause significant damage to your home if left unaddressed. The most common causes of leaks include loose connections, corroded tanks, and faulty temperature and pressure relief valves. If you notice a leak, turn off the water supply and contact a professional plumber to assess the situation and make necessary repairs.

Strange Noises

If you hear rumbling, popping, or hissing noises coming from your water heater, it could indicate sediment buildup, loose elements, or high water pressure. Flush your water heater regularly to remove sediment, and have a plumber inspect the unit to identify and resolve any issues.

Discolored or Smelly Water

If your hot water appears rusty or has an unpleasant odor, it could be due to a corroded anode rod, bacteria growth, or high levels of sulfur or iron in your water supply. Replace the anode rod if it’s corroded, and flush the tank to remove any bacteria or sediment. If the problem persists, consider installing a water filtration system.


Regular maintenance and prompt attention to water heater problems can help extend the life of your unit and ensure a steady supply of hot water for your San Antonio home. If you experience any of these common water heater problems, try the suggested fixes or contact Murray Plumbing for a headache-free experience. 


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