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Common Water Heater Issues and What’s Causing Them

If you think that something is wrong with your water heater, you are probably right. Whether there is an obvious sign or it’s just your intuition, you should always get your water heater checked out if you think that something is wrong.

Our team is here to provide water heater service in Plano, TX. Whatever your water heater needs, we are here to help. You can keep reading to learn more about the signs that your water heater is having problems so that you know when to call for service.

Water Temperature 

While you do want hot water, there is still a just-right temperature to achieve. If you turn on the hot water in your home and it never gets the slightest bit warm, that’s a sign that your heating element is broken. If you turn on the hot water and the temperature is lukewarm, there’s a good chance that you have hard water mineral buildup that is blocking the heating element from getting your water hot enough. 

If your water is too hot, that’s a problem you can fix on your own. Just turn down the temperature setting on the attached thermostat and see if it makes a difference. If it still has temperature issues, you can give our team a call to schedule a service appointment.


You may think that since the water heater is a water appliance, leaks are perfectly normal. But they are not. Your water heater should be completely airtight and pressurized in order to offer the heating results that you expect. Leaks allow oxygen into the tank, which can introduce corrosion. And once rust develops inside a water tank, it’s time for a replacement. 

Rust cannot be slowed down or stopped once it begins to spread. It’s important to get leaks fixed sooner rather than later. Most leaks come from valves or other connections that are not secure. Our team can either tighten or completely replace those parts to keep your water heater in great condition.

Rusty Water

If you turn on the hot water in your home and notice that it has an orange or red tint to it, there’s a good chance that rust is already developing inside your water tank. Our team can get inside the water tank and check it out. Unfortunately, rusty water often means that your entire tank needs to be replaced. 

Water heaters do come with an anode rod inside that helps to prevent rust. But, the component needs to be replaced about every three years to continually prevent rust. If your water is rusty when it is both hot and cold, the problem may lie outside of your water heater somewhere else in your plumbing lines. No matter what is wrong, we can help you figure it out and get it fixed.

Get it done right… Right now! The team at Hutchins Plumbing and Air Conditioning is ready to help you with all your home needs – including water heater service.

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