Common Water Heater Problems

Many homeowners forget about their water heater. After all, if it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind. However, water heaters require regular maintenance and repairs just like other appliances. If you notice any of these signs of common water heater problems, you might need water heater repair or replacement.

Strange Noises

common water heater problemsIf you hear unusual noises from your hot water heater, it’s not good. Popping sounds often indicate that the water is boiling inside the tank, which can be very dangerous. These sounds come from the sediment or heating element burning. You might be able to replace a part, but depending on your individual situation, it may be wiser to replace the heater altogether.

Water Temperature Issues

Perhaps the most common water heater problems are temperature issues. If your water is not hot enough, you can usually turn up the thermostat a bit to increase water temperature. No hot water at all? If you have a gas heater, the pilot light may have gone out. If not, you may need to replace the thermocouple or heating element.


If your water heater is leaking, it’s time to replace it. Call a plumber as soon as you can, or else you could end up with several gallons of water flooding your home. Don’t ignore even small leaks from your water heater, or you could risk a much more costly repair.

If you’re having one of these common water heater problems, or something else is wrong, give us a call at 806-771-4687 ! J.D.’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning also provides plumbing services, including water heater repair and replacement in Lubbock, TX.