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The 11 Freakiest Electric Water Heater Problems You have to Face

The 11 Freakiest Electric Water Heater Problems You Have to Face

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So, where was I?

In tattling on the electric water heater. Right!

We all know how coolly an electric heater can dish out hot water for us unless it starts troubling. Eventually, the problem can come from any sides.

The water may either get too hot or get not hot enough in the time. Sometimes the water may not get hot at all. Bad odor, disturbing noise, leaking etc. are day-to-day partners of a water heater either it is an electric or gas.

You all know that a person can solve the problem as first as he gets to know the problem.

So, if you are up for using an electric heater, let’s have a look at some problems that you may face in the near future.

Funky Odor

Bad smelly water problem shows up when an electric water heater is being used for a long time. The water stinks and smells yucky when you turn on the tap.

There are mainly three reasons for stinking water that comes from your electric heater. Firstly, it happens because of the bacteria growth in the water tank or the pipe.

Secondly, anode rode of electric water heater brings on the smell if the water contains sulfates. The smell of the water is mostly like to the smell of rotten eggs.

Lastly, the water source can be the culprit and is supplying smelly water in the heater.

Stained Water

Tinted color water is another common problem for an old electric water heater. I know how much we get anxious when we see brownish, reddish or black water exiting from the shower tap. After all, we all know there is some metallic thing in that discolored water.

The most obnoxious reason is the formation of rust inside the hot water storage tank or the server line. Also, disintegrating anode rode which mainly works in stopping the corrosion changes the watercolor. Note that bad odors accompany stained water most of the time.  

No Hot Water

After a long day--stuffed with meetings and presentations, you are coming home and thinking of a long, hot shower scented with candles and flowers.

You turn on the shower tap after reaching home. The water flows from the faucet but, Hell, the water is not warm at all.

Within a second, your dream of a refreshing hot bath is gone because your electric water heater is not working how it does.

You will see that no hot water from the boiler but the heating part is working.  This no-hot-water problem is a common problem and remedies are not that much hard as you think.

Lukewarm water

Either a new one or an age-old one, getting not enough hot water is a common problem for all types of water heater.

"Water is not getting hot in the shower" is the most searched topic in google on the department of the water heater.

So, for an electric water heater, the case is not very much different. If you have an electric water heater, you may have to face the situation where the water is of lower temperature than the settings.

The reasons are many in number. Long-serving pipe, not giving sufficient time to reheat, small container tank etc. are some frequent causes.

Extremely Hot Water

Some people find their electric water heaters producing overheated water. Overheating is another thermostat problem of electric water boiler.

Much is always good but not in that case, especially, when you are in a hurry for your office or program.

Uncontrolled thermostat, excess pressure build inside the storage tank are some common reasons for hot water.

Be alert as soon as you find the problem because if the problem is related to excess pressure build-up, the hot water storage tank may explode.

Prolonged Reheating Time

There is another problem that you may come across is that your electric water heater is taking more time than regular to reheat.

10 minutes to 15 minutes extra reheating time is normal if the weather is too cold. However, the trouble becomes severe if the reheating time increases to 30 minutes to 2 hours.

When the tank is entirely empty, the time to heat up full-tank water is called the reheating time. For a tankless electric water heater, the time to reheat unit water is known as reheating time.

Quick Run Out of Hot Water

Have you ever faced the situation where you are taking a hot bath, and suddenly very cold water jumps out from the shower though there was full tank loaded water when you last checked?

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Yes, you have guessed right. Your electric water heater is facing the dilemma of running out of the water quickly.  

Formation of sediment takes up the space of the water tank and you face running out of hot water faster than before.

Small size hot water storage, malfunctioned electric water heater thermostat are other probable causes.

Insufficient Hot Water Pressure

Another trouble that you may experience is very low pressure of hot water. In that case, you have to wait a very long time to get full-tub water or even a full glass of water.

It may seem the tap line is clogged or there is a meager amount of water in the tank.

Generally, a well installed and good branded electric water heater has a water pressure of 50-60PSI.

However, if the pressure decreases from the regular, you should take proper step to stop it.

Water Drips

Some persons think that water dripping and water leaking are the same though they are not. Water dripping from the electric water heater is way different from regular leaking.

Dripping is caused by high pressure mainly. You may notice that the drips peep from the discharging tube or valves.

The pressure relief valve and the temperature relief valve are the main spots of water dripping.

Water Leaking from the Top

Whether leaking is from the bottom or top, it is always risky. Top leaks are widespread and mostly seen in the newly installed electric water heater.

Leaking of the water valve and pressure relief valves causes the leaking from the top. The temperature relief valve is another spot of water leaking.

Sometimes, faulty joints also cause top leaking. Top leaking ruins the wall and carpet and can cause short circuits.

It also wastes the heated water. So, electricity consumption gets higher.

Water Leaking from the Bottom

Bottom leaking of electric water heater is less risky than top leaking, though the tank has to be replaced sometimes.

Old electric heater shows up this type of problem. Condensation of hot water in the tank leads bottom leaking. Faulty discharge valve setting is another reason.

Sometimes crack in the water tank becomes the reason of water leaking from the bottom.

Thermal Expansion of Tank

Another old and too annoying issue is the expansion of the water tank. Nowadays, tankless electric water heaters are free from this kind of problem.

However, the electric water heater which stores hot water in the tank still faces thermal expansion.

Metal made tank gets bigger in size when boiling water is stored in it. This problem may not be seen as the most fatal one in the first place.

Somehow, the problem turns gigantic if the installation place is tiny in size.

Annoying Noise from Electric Water Heater

Everyone wants a peaceful environment for their house. Unfortunately, some houses lack this surrounding because of the water heater, though the heater is placed in the basement.

Popping, banging, gurgling are the sounds that you may hear from your water heater if it is suffering from any fault.

Water carries metal. When the water is heated, the metal reacts with the with the water because of the heat and creates hard sediment inside the tank and pipes.

Sometimes these hard sediments pop and make the popping sound. Moreover, the draining system cannot drain them sometimes and create a gurgling sound.

Moreover, some parts of the electric water heater make noise while operating.

Boiling Sound from Electric Water Heater

Hissing sound or boiling sound is way concerning than popping or gurgling sound.

Watch out for these types of noise because it is nothing related to sediment build-up or noisy heating elements.

It is related to excess pressure build-up inside the water storage tank because of overheating or faulty pressure relief valve.

Final verdict about Electric Water Heater Problems

So, all the water heater problems have become very much well-known to you.

At least, now you know that what you can face with an electric water heater after reaching home after a long working day or while in working in the kitchen. 

I bet that every singular person with electric water heater has faced up the problems at least once in their lives. Unfortunately, these types of issues can be savages sometimes.

So, be prepared and check our Electric Heater Troubleshooting Guide to see if you can solve it by yourself.

About the Author Kevin Fox

A passionate blogger! Editor at Chooserly, and a regular author at HuffingtonPost, LifeHacker & Forbes!

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