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Winter Water Heater Problems

Winter water heater problems are difficult because everyone wants to take a hot shower. At Superior Plumbing & Drain, we service all residential plumbing problems including water heaters. In fact, we often have more water heater calls in winter.

  • No hot water
  • Water doesn’t get as hot in winter
  • Dirty water in sink or shower
  • Water heater is leaking from the top or the bottom

With each of these issues, we offer good insight on the remedy and discuss the causes in detail.

No Hot Water

When a water heater stops producing heated water, the heating mechanism has failed. The most common point of failure is the pilot light. Since the pilot light is a small gas element at the bottom of the tank, it is susceptible to air causing it to go out. When the pilot light is still lit, the next point of failure is the thermocouple that doesn’t sense the pilot light is on and doesn’t ignite the gas.

Water Doesn’t Get As Hot In Winter

Water comes from ground pipes and in winter the ground is cold. This colder water is being dumped into the heater and takes longer to get heated. Reduce winter water heater problems with shorter showers and don’t leave sinks running for long periods in winter.

Water Is Dirty

The most common culprit of dirty water is the anode rod inside the water heater. This rod is designed to collect sediment but when it corrodes, it no longer acts as the filter. A replacement anode rod is needed.

Water is Leaking from Water Heater

When a water heater has reached its life expectancy, it will start leaking. When this happens, it’s time to replace the unit. While these are expensive, a replacement is better than damage caused by dirty, leaky water.

Call Superior Plumbing & Drain today at (702) 478-9643 for a free estimate on your water heater.