Problem: Rumbling Sound From Water Heater
If your water heater is making loud rumbling noises, it means that there is a sediment build-up forming inside your hot water tank. This sediment build-up could also cause the overheating and boiling of water inside the tank
The simplest solution for this problem is flushing the hot water tank with a gallon of water to remove the sediment. If the problem still persists, as is often possible with older water heaters, it is best to call for a professional hot water tank repair as the tank may need to be repaired or replaced completely.
Problem: Rotten Egg Smell from Water Heater
The possible cause of this problem could be bacteria in the tank due to the hydrogen gas released from the anode of the water heater.
- Flush the water tank
- Use hydrogen peroxide solution of 2 pints 3% peroxide to 40 gallons of water and let peroxide solution set in tank and pipes for 2 hours.
If the problem persists, replace it with a zinc alloy anode. For this, it is advisable to hire a professional. If replacing the anode also does not work, consider replacing the tank with a plastic lined one. This is also best done by a professional so consider calling a professional water heater repair service.
Problem: Rust Colored Water
Rusty water from the water heater could be caused due to rust formation in the anode or in the hot water tank itself. If not checked in time, the rust can corrode the hot water tank and require complete replacement of the water tank.
If the rust is due to a rusty anode, consider replacing the anode. You can easily find the replacement anode at a plumbing supplies store.
However, if the rust is due to corrosion of the hot water tank itself, it is time to replace the tank and this is best handled by a professional hot water tank repair service.
These are only a few of the problems that your hot water tank could be facing. Before you realize that your water heater is not working on a chilly winter morning, it is best to contact a professional water heater repair service and get the minor problems fixed.