Most people only think about their water heater when it fails, and by then, it’s often too late. A water heater is a necessary part of any home, but it’s not always easy to know when there’s something wrong with it. In this article, we’ll explore some of the most common problems that can occur with a hot water tank, as well as what you can do to fix them. We’ll also discuss what’s involved in hot water repair and how to find a qualified professional to help you out. 

Common Signs of a Malfunctioning Water Heater Stainless faucet for hot water in the bathroom

There are several signs that indicate you will need hot water repair. If you recognize any of them, it’s time to call professional help. 

Strange Sounds 

Water heaters can make all sorts of noises as the gas or electricity heats the water inside. A banging sound could indicate issues with water pressure.  Crackling sounds inside the water heater can be caused from sediment build up on the bottom. 

Strange Odor 

If you notice an odd smell coming from your hot water, it’s because there is likely some form of gas in hot water, whether it is from the water heater or not. If your hot water smells like sulfur, it may be due to high levels of hydrogen sulfide in the healthy water. A rotten egg smell may indicate problems with the water heater itself. 

Excessive Rust 

If you notice that rusty particles are coming from hot water, it may be a sign that something is rusting inside the water heater. This may be due to high sediment levels in the hot water heating unit or an electrolyte imbalance. 


Leaks may be a sign that you need to replace your water heater. Water heaters are designed to contain water under pressure, so if too much hot water is escaping, there’s likely some problem with the hot water system or its components. Be sure to check for signs of leakage on hot water pipes and connections inside and outside your home. 

Can I Do the Repairs Myself, or Do I Need To Call a Professional Technician? Water running bath woman dipping toes in hot bathtub relaxing time at home . Luxury cozy lifestyle people.

In most circumstances, it’s essential to call a professional hot water repair technician. Hot water systems are complex and dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Furthermore, some hot water repairs require specialized tools. This is particularly true of anode rod replacement, water heater expansion tank installation, hot water pump repairs, and gas valve replacement.

While it may be possible to do hot water heating system repairs yourself on some level, you should never attempt hot water heating system maintenance or hot gas appliance installation without professional help. 

Is It Time For Hot Water Repair In Your Home? 

Water heaters are a necessary part of any home, but they can often be challenging to diagnose and repair when something goes wrong. When your home needs fast, high-quality service, you can count on Stack Heating, Cooling, & Electric! Our experienced technicians can help with water heater replacements, no matter what type of water heater you decide to go with. We want you to know that your family’s safety and comfort is our number one priority, as it always has been. We are taking all necessary precautions and following CDC guidelines to keep our customers and employees healthy. We’ve been serving the Cleveland area for over 40 years, and we’re not going anywhere. Give us a call at (440) 937-9134 or visit us on our website today and find out what we can do for you!

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