Water heaters develop the occasional problem, just like any other system. Also like any other system, water heater problems tend to get worse the longer they are allowed to continue. So, it’s a good idea to be able to identify water heater problems as soon as possible so that you can call for repairs. With that in mind, let’s look at some common water heater problems and their symptoms.

Dip Tube Issues

In tank water heaters, the dip tube runs from the water line to through the top of the storage tank and lets out near the bottom. This serves to direct fresh, cold water into the tank where it will be heated the fastest. It also prevents cold water from mixing with the hot water being drawn out of the system, so that you can enjoy a steady stream of warm water. If the dip tube cracks or breaks, cold water will often mix with the hot water being used. This leads to sudden blasts of cold water that can be quite uncomfortable. If you notice this happening, call for repairs.


A bit of rust here and there is pretty much inevitable, when dealing with water appliances. With water heaters, though, rust can be a huge threat if allowed to progress far enough. Too much rust in a place like the storage tank can cause a rupture, inflicting widespread water damage on the surrounding area. It’s best to have a professional examine any and all instances of rust as soon as you notice them on your water heater. Otherwise, you may find yourself dealing with a much bigger problem later.

If your water heater is having issues, call The Trusted Plumber. We offer a full range of water heater repair services throughout Phoenix, AZ.

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