Adjusting Water Heater

A problem with your home’s water heater can make your family uncomfortable or lead to expensive water damage. Without repairs, you might need to replace it. To prevent a premature replacement in your Hampton, Virginia, home, watch for common water heater problems like sediment buildup, a malfunctioning thermostat, and a broken temperature-pressure relief valve.

Sediment Buildup

Minerals can accumulate in your water heater over time. As a result, they can corrode your water heater. But most models minimize this problem with a magnesium or aluminum anode rod that attracts contaminants and prevents corrosion.

You could notice a smell similar to rotten eggs near your water heater. Strange noises from clumps of minerals in the water that hit your heater’s walls are common as well. You could hear rumbling, banging or popping. To repair this issue, a professional plumber can flush your water heater’s tank and change your anode rod to get rid of the sediment.

A Malfunctioning Thermostat

If your water is too hot or cold, you might have a malfunctioning thermostat. You could also notice high utility bills from unnecessary water heating. Adjust the setting on your water heater’s thermostat, and keep the temperature as low as possible to conserve energy. If your water temperature doesn’t change, consider replacing the thermostat. If you have to increase the temperature drastically for hot water, you might need more insulation around your pipes or water heater.

A Broken Temperature-Pressure Relief Valve

The temperature-pressure (TP) relief valve releases pressure inside your water heater’s tank from steam. If it’s broken or incorrectly installed, the pressure could rupture your tank. Hot water and steam can cause burns. Therefore, it’s important that you repair or replace your water heater right away if you experience this issue. Test the temperature-pressure relief valve by moving its handle. If water doesn’t drain from the overflow pipe, have it checked by a professional.

Kearney & Sons has more than 35 years of HVAC and water heater experience. We can help you with maintaining, installing and repairing a variety of equipment to keep your family comfortable. Call us anytime at 757-269-9589 for outstanding service.

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