Plumbing Issues That Can Cause Water Heater Issues

As someone who owns a home, ensuring that things are consistently running in tip-top shape becomes, and should always remain a priority. It’s important to always treat your home like an investment — and proper investments need care and attention! When it comes to your plumbing, a lot can be tied back to your water heater, and it can be a sign that something is wrong. Below are a few key things you can inspect to diagnose a potential issue going unseen at your home.

Rusty Water

Many homeowners will never take a good look at their water on a frequent basis. More often than not, they’re pouring it into a glass or a pot and going about their business. However taking a closer look can really pay off. A slight change in water color means that in many cases, the hot water you’re summoning is passing through a pipe or heater that is damaged and on the way out. For those who are concerned, it’s best to call someone who can properly check if there’s an issue within the water in your home.

Less Hot Water

Of course, a lack of hot water can certainly mean there’s an issue with your water heater, as it’s not producing the hot water needed, or it’s being lost elsewhere while the pipes and faucets are turned on. If this is you, try not using hot water for a while and see if you’re met with more or less when you turn the faucet back on. If it’s the latter, you may want to call someone who can help inspect the appliance.


Turning on the hot water is hopefully always met with, well, hot water! However in the event that your water has a smell to it, which can be somewhat metaly, you might be looking at a failing water heater. This sign points to internal breakdown where small pieces of grit and flakes are combining with the water you’re using.

Payless Water Heaters has been servicing Southern California home and business owners for over 30 years, and have installed upwards of 100,000 individual units. We take pride in every facet of our work, and we’re willing to stand by our quality team, work, and products. To learn more about how we can help you with your next water heater service or installation, give us a call at 866.615.4008 or contact us here!