The 9 Most Common Water Heater Problems in Vista, CA

May 22, 2023

We depend on hot water for so many things – bathing, showering, cooking, cleaning, washing, etc. – that it’s hard to imagine going more than 24 hours without it.  So when something goes wrong with our water heater, we want it repaired ASAP.

Water Heater Problems in Vista, CA

1st Choice Plumbing, Flood & Restoration has been delivering outstanding water heater installation and maintenance to home and business owners in Vista, CA, and surrounding communities since 2012. We’ve repaired and replaced many types of water heaters in Vista, CA. Here are nine of the most common water heater problems we encounter on service calls in Vista, CA:

No hot water

You turn on the hot water tap but only cold water comes out. There are many reasons why you may not be getting any hot water, such as:

  • A faulty thermostat
  • Broken or malfunctioning heating elements.
  • The pilot light might have gone out (if you have a gas heater).
  • A power interruption because of a tripped circuit breaker, blown fuse, or other electrical problem (if you have an electric water heater).

Water heater leaks

In addition to water damage, a water heater can affect your home’s hot water supply. Water heaters can develop leaks for a variety of reasons, including corrosion, loose connections, failing gaskets, and a faulty temperature and pressure (T&P) relief valve to name a few.

Not enough hot water

If you aren’t getting enough hot water to meet demand, you may need to get a water heater with a larger storage tank or switch to an on-demand, tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters can deliver an almost limitless supply of hot water. The problem may also lie with a faulty dip tube that is allowing the cold water coming into the tank to mix with the heated water.

The water isn’t hot enough

There can be many reasons why your hot water isn’t hot enough, including an undersized water heater, crossed hot and cold plumbing connections, a faulty heating element, or a faulty thermostat.

The water is too hot

If the water is too hot, it may be simply because the thermostat is set too high. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends keeping your water heater set at 120° F for the best balance of heat, energy efficiency, and prevention of microbial growth.

Low hot water pressure

If you’re experiencing low hot water pressure, the problem may lie with a clogged pipe, a faulty pressure-reducing valve, or a malfunctioning water heater.

Rust-colored hot water

Rust-colored water is caused by rust and sediment deposits in your hot water heater’s storage tank. These problems can usually be resolved by flushing and cleaning the storage tank.

Foul-smelling hot water

Bacteria and other microorganisms growing in the tank or sediment buildup. These problems can be avoided by keeping the temperature of the water set at least 120° F.

Odd noises

If your water heater is making strange noises, it could be due to a buildup of sediments in the water tank. Over time, this can affect the temperature and quality of your hot water. Flushing the water heater usually eliminates these noises.

Your First Choice Water Heater Repairs in Vista, CA

1st Choice Plumbing, Flood & Restoration is the first choice for home and business owners in Vista, CA who are experiencing plumbing problems. Our team of licensed Vista, CA plumbers have the expertise and equipment to tackle just about any plumbing issue, including problems with your hot water supply.

Water heater problems in VIsta, CA can happen at any time. 1st Choice Plumbing, Flood & Restoration offers 24/7 emergency plumbing services. In most instances, one of our Vista, CA plumbers can be onsite within an hour of your call.

You can reach 1st Choice Plumbing, Flood & Restoration through our website or phone us at 866-437-0205 to schedule a visit from a Vista, CA plumber.