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Common Water Heater Problems Homeowners Might Experience

Water heaters.

A water heater is a household appliance that is used to heat water for bathing, washing dishes, and other household needs. Like all appliances, water heaters can experience problems from time to time. In this blog post, Precision Plumbing, Heating & Air will discuss some of the most common water heater problems that homeowners might face. If you are experiencing any of these problems, don't panic! We will provide you with some tips on how to troubleshoot and fix them.

Sediment Buildup

One of the most common water heater problems is sediment buildup in the tank. Over time, minerals in the water can settle at the bottom of the tank and create a layer of sediment. This can cause the water heater to work less efficiently and eventually fail prematurely. If you notice that your water heater is not working as well as it used to, or if it seems to be taking longer to heat up, then chances are you have sediment buildup in your tank.

The good news is that this problem is relatively easy to fix. Simply drain the sediment from the bottom of the tank using a garden hose. You should do this every six months or so to keep your water heater running smoothly.

Lack of Hot Water

If you suddenly find yourself without hot water, then the most likely culprit is a pilot light problem. Pilot lights can go out for a variety of reasons, such as a draft in the room or a dirty burner. If your pilot light has gone out, simply relight it following the instructions in your water heater's owner's manual. Once the pilot light is lit again, your water heater should start working normally.


Leaks are another common problem that homeowners might experience with their water heaters. A leaky water heater can cause serious damage to your home if left unchecked. If you think you might have a leak, the first thing you should do is check all of the connections and fittings for any signs of leaks. If you don't see any leaks, then chances are the problem is with the tank itself. Unfortunately, this is not an easy fix and you will likely need to call Precision Plumbing, Heating & Air at (803) 310-6262 to inspect your water heater.

If you’re having issues with your water heater, don’t hesitate to contact our team by filling out our online contact form. We understand how important a working water heater is for your household, which is why we’ll be right over to take care of yours.