3 Common Water Heater Problems and What to Do About Them

Modern water heaters are more energy-efficient and last longer than older versions. However, just like other systems and appliances in your Richmond, VA home, problems can still occur. Fortunately, a plumber can rectify a majority of these issues through simple repairs.

Water Temperature Issues

This is one of the common issues with problematic water heaters. In some cases, the water might be too hot, while other times not hot enough or at all. If your water isn’t hot, before reaching out to a professional, check the circuit breaker to see if it has tripped and turn it back on if it has.

In the event that it keeps falling, reach out to an expert to check whether you should have the fuse replaced. On the other hand, if the water is too hot, it might be due to an issue with your settings. Check it to see if you set the correct temperatures.

If that doesn’t work, you might be dealing with a faulty temperature pressure valve. Hire an expert to replace it and see if there’s any other issue with your heater.

Insufficient Water Pressure

Low water pressure is a common problem among Richmond, VA, homeowners. Every so often, it’s due to leaks or clogs inside your plumbing system.

Other times, especially for older homes, the pipes might not be wide enough. In that case, your plumber will most likely recommend installing wider pipes.


If water is leaking from your system, you might be dealing with a faulty plumbing connection. Other times, it is due to corrosion that has weakened your pipes or the tank, or it could be due to excessive pressure causing them to rupture. Reach out to a plumber to tighten any loose connections and replace any faulty valves which might be causing the leaks.

The best thing you can do to extend your water heater’s lifespan is to ensure that a certified expert addresses all repairs early. If you choose to ignore them, you’re most likely going to be dealing with more expensive repairs in the long run. Contact Foster Plumbing & Heating to schedule water heater repair in Richmond, VA.

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