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Potential Problems with Your Water Heater

tank-water-heaterHot water in your home is not only a convenience, but a necessity. We use hot water every day, and we tend to take it for granted. When your water no longer runs hot, you will notice. When this happens, it is time to call a trusted professional.

We know that many homeowners wait until their hot water heaters break down completely before calling for repair. Homeowners may also not realize how serious a problem really is. We understand that scheduling a repair might be the last thing you want to do today, but trust us, waiting will only make matters worse. Waiting until your water heater breaks down will make for a costlier repair bill.

It is important that you stay on top of things and pay attention to signs of potential problems. Don’t ignore them! Calling a local plumber before your system breaks down will save you both time and money. Schaal Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling offers water heater repair in Ankeny, IA. We know your access to immediate, consistent hot water throughout your home is important to you.

Regular maintenance can prevent many serious water heater issues. However, things happen. There are quite a few signs that the health of your water heater is in jeopardy.

Strange Noises

Strange noises indicate a problem. Water heaters are not noisy. In fact, the only sound your water heater should make is the sound of the burner igniting. A noisy water heater could mean there’s an increase in water pressure inside the tank, sediment along the bottom of the tank, a broken expansion tank, or cold and hot water mixing at the top of the tank, which is caused by a broken dip tube. The only way to accurately diagnose the source of the sound is to have a technician look at it. Once they can pinpoint the problem, they can take the steps necessary to fix it.

Tepid Water

Your water heater shouldn’t pump out tepid water. There are a few reasons why this could be happening. The dip tube, for instance, is where the incoming cold water enters the water heater tank. Usually, the tube pushes cold water to the bottom of the tank to be heated. When it is broken, the cold water sits on top.

Another potential cause of tepid water is sediment buildup in the tank. Since most heaters are at the bottom of the tank, sediment sitting at the bottom could prevent water from heating up. If your water heater is more than 15 years old, you might have a faulty heating system on your hands. The good news is that all of these problems can be handled by a trained technician!


If you smell any odors coming from your water heater, specifically the scent of rotten egg, it’s time to call a professional. One potential cause is the heater’s anode rod. When the anode rod corrodes, it can lead to a reaction between the rod and the sulfate from the water, leaving you with an egg smell. You may also smell a gas leak! Certain bacteria can also breed in the water tank, which can also create odors. If you smell something rotten, you might need your anode rod replaced or your system flushed. A trained plumber can do both!

The hot water heater experts at Schaal Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling are here to help! Contact Central Iowa’s Most Trusted.

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