Water Heaters: What Can Go Wrong

Plumber repairing an hot-water heater

There are so many appliances in our homes that we rely so much upon. It can be such a nightmare when things go wrong. As a homeowner I have a long list of things I never want to have to deal with. But what about the luxuries we overlook? What would you do without your steaming morning shower? What if you couldn’t properly wash a dish or clean your laundry?

We consider these things to be luxuries until your water heater breaks and you are forced to live without them. Every water heater needs proper, regular maintenance. Most problems surrounding your water heater are caused by lack of or poor maintenance. Here are a few of those problems you should be aware of.


It is recommended that you keep your water heater set to 120-140 degrees fahrenheit. It is most common to keep it set to 120 to save on your energy bill. Depending on the type of heater you own it could be more beneficial to keep it a bit hotter closer to 140.

It is vital that you keep your water heater set to the right temperature. Setting the temperature too low leaves your water supply susceptible to bacteria contamination. If your setting is too high put you at risk for scalding and will raise your energy bill considerably. Keeping the temperature set within the recommended range also helps keep sediment buildup from collecting too quickly.

Water Leaks

Leaks are the result of poor installation or old and faulty parts. Leaks can lead to serious problems, especially if they are not caught in time. Leaks inevitably lead to mold and water damage. They can also be a bit of a wild card. Depending on the severity of the leak and the placement of the water heater, surrounding objects could also get seriously damaged. If you notice water pooling around your water heater do not hesitate to call your plumber.

Heating Sources

Both gas and electric water heaters will have some sort of ignition sight to start up the heating process. The ignition sight is a perfect environment for the collection of dust and particles. If not properly and regularly cleaned these particles could catch fire. Because most water heaters are kept out of sight, a hot water heater fire could quickly get out of control. It is best to keep up on routine maintenance and avoid this problem altogether.

Another big scare revolves around gas powered water heaters: gas leaks. Gas leaks cause an explosion of problems- literally. Proper installation and routine maintenance are key in protecting your home from a gas leak disaster.

If you’re getting a water heater installed or inspected, it’s best to leave it to the pros. That’s where we come in. At A Pro Plumbing we are here to help you when disaster strikes. We offer water heater repair, maintenance, and replacement. If you are worried your water heater is a ticking time bomb please contact us so we can ease your worry. Call for a free estimate and schedule an appointment online or over the phone.