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3 Common Problems with Water Heaters

Your water heater is essential to delivering hot water throughout the house or commercial building. When there’s something wrong, you’ll know it. Whether you’re experiencing drastic water temperatures or the water you’re receiving has some discoloration, those are just some of the additional telltale signs that something is wrong with your water heater. Take a look at three of the most common problems that can be occurring with your water heater. 


A leaking water heater is one of the most common water heater problems. If your water heater is leaking from the bottom, it can indicate a serious problem. It’s usually the result of sediment build-up within the tank. Regardless, you should have it checked by a plumber to prevent further damage.

If you delay having your leaking water heater serviced, you’re looking at more damage including:

  • Damage to the surrounding area
  • Bad water
  • Potential explosion


Like all things, water heaters deteriorate with time. Most water heaters are made from stainless steel which means they’re meant to last a long time. However, they are still susceptible to corrosion. 

The most common signs that you have a corroded water heater are cloudy water and leaks. If you turn on the faucet and see clouded water, it’s most likely because the pipes delivering the water or the container holding the water have rust inside of them. This is extremely dangerous to your health. If your water heater is corroded, it might also begin to leak. 

Faulty Thermostat

Your water heater is equipped with a thermometer that keeps water warm at an appropriate temperature. Sometimes the thermometer can stop working or become damaged. When this happens, you can experience little to no hater water. You can conduct a test to see if it’s really the thermometer that’s to blame for your lack of hot water, or you can call a professional plumber to check it out for you. 

Your go-to Plumber for Water Heater Repair in Finksburg, MD

There are other problems that your water heater can have. Michael Runk Plumbing & Heating is here to help you identify the problem and resolve it for you. We offer honest, dependable expert service so you know that your water heater is in good hands. We understand how inconvenient a faulty water heater can be, so that’s why we offer 24/7 service. Call us now if you’re having a problem with your water heater, we’ll be more than happy to help. 

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