It is easy to tell if there is something wrong with a product.

Whether it be the car that doesn’t start, the CD player that always skips, or the slice of day-old pizza that simply tastes horrible, it is very easy to tell when things just aren’t right.

However, diagnosing the specific cause of the problem can be a lot tougher. This especially holds true for electric water heater problems. That’s why it is always smart to hire a plumber to take a more in-depth look.

However, there is a lot you can do without the assistance of a professional. Consider the “symptoms” that cause the electric water heater problems. Is the water coming out of the spigot rust-colored? Does it have a rotten, foul smell? Is the water not hot enough, or simply not hot at all?

Additionally, observe the water heater for a few minutes. Is there a high pitched, tinny sound? Is there a low, echoing sound? Is water coming out of the bottom of the machine? These are all indications of internal electric water heater problems.

When you call a plumber, make sure to let him know about these observations. Also, be prepared to answer some questions about how you maintain the heater.

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Many electric water heater problems are a result of ignoring to drain the water heater. Dirty sediment gathers in the machine over a period of time, and can ultimately wreck an electric water heater. The following is how to properly drain an electric water heater:

1. Turn off the power to the water heater.

2. Turn off the cold inlet valve.

3. Turn on the hot water in a sink near the water heater.

4. Find the water heater outlet valve. It is located in the access panel at the bottom of the water heater. Insert a hose into the valve.

5. Place the hose in a drain safe for discarding waste, and open the drain valve. The water heater should drain for 2-3 hours.

6. After draining is completed, open the cold inlet valve.

7. Run cold water into the valve.

8. If process is done correctly, the water should be observed particle-free.

If none of this works, try reading our in depth overview of hot water heater problems, though it is not specific to electric water heaters. If you are still stumped, get in touch with a professional plumber.

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