Common Hot Water Heater Problems

Is your hot water heater in Binghamton, NY acting up, and you’re not sure why? Then you might want to do some troubleshooting to help decide your next course of action. While for the most part hot water heaters are pretty trouble-free, there are some common issues that they experience, so some preventive maintenance on occasion can help reduce water heater problems. Here are some commonly observed concerns, what they mean, and what your course of action should be.

My water supply is at a trickle.

If you have hard water in your Binghamton, NY home, then this is the likely culprit. That’s because sediment from hard water (like lime) can build up in your tank, taking up space and reducing the volume of water in your tank. Give us a call and we’ll drain and flush your tank for you.

My hot water heater won’t heat.

If this is happening, it might be that the gas flame is out (if you have a gas hot water heater) or that the hot water heater’s thermostat isn’t working properly. Check this by running a hot tap for several minutes, because if your thermostat is working properly, the burner should light automatically. If this isn’t happening, you can call us to come in and take a look to best determine what repairs you might need.

My hot water heater is noisy.

If you’re noticing pings and pops coming from the hot water heater in your Binghamton, NY home, it probably is because you have sediment built up in the bottom of your tank. Those noises are a result of the build-up heating up before the water can. Again, draining and flushing the tank can solve this.

My water smells unpleasant.

Unfortunately, this could mean you have a bacteria problem in your tank. Bacteria may be growing because of organics that are entering your tank from your well and water pipes. You’ll need some help from a plumber like Petcosky & Sons on this one, because you’ll need to have your tank drained and flushed, and possibly your pipes as well. There are other solutions we will discuss with you, like replacing your anode rod or lining your tank.

My hot water doesn’t last for long.

If you’re getting hot water for only a short time in your Binghamton, NY home, then you could be having some issues with your tank’s dip tube, which under normal circumstances fills the tank bottom, which allows hot water to rise up for use. If this is the issue, probably the dip tube will need replacing. Call us for a fix.

At Petcosky & Sons, we’ve been helping our customers with their hot water heaters for more than 56 years, and we can help with any concern you might be having, too. Whether you’re experiencing any of the issues above, or if it’s time for a new hot water heater installation in your Binghamton, NY home, we can assist you. Just call our trusted team at (607) 797-0160, and we’ll be more than happy to help you with all of your hot water heater needs.