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3 Common Electric Water Heater Problems February 5, 2020

St. Paul, Ramsey
3 Common Electric Water Heater Problems, St. Paul, Minnesota

Every member of your household depends on the water heater to deliver a steady and reliable supply of warm water on demand. When this system runs into problems, it can disrupt your routine and make it harder to cook, bathe, and do the laundry. If you think you need water heater repair, here’s an overview of a few common issues and steps you might be able to take to restore its function.

How to Troubleshoot Common Water Heater Problems

1. No Hot Water

water heater repairBefore troubleshooting any electric water heater issues, always turn off the power to the unit by switching off the corresponding fuse or circuit breaker. The fuse box will also show you whether the circuit has tripped, which would prevent the heater from producing hot water. In this case, simply reset the breaker to restore its function.

If the problem persists, the thermostat or gas control valve may be malfunctioning. 

2. Minimal Hot Water

If your unit is only producing a small amount of hot water, or lukewarm water, it may be too small to meet the needs of the home. Have the unit replaced with a larger one.

These issues can also indicate that the heating element has failed and needs replacement.

3. Leaks

If a connection or external element is leaking, tighten the affected fitting with a wrench.

If the leak is coming from inside the unit, the heating elements may have loosened. Sediment buildup may also have caused corrosion. A plumber may need to replace or repair these components.


If you’re experiencing issues with a water heater, Norblom Plumbing is here to help. Since 1923, they have been serving property owners throughout the Twin Cities. They can often provide water heater repair and replacement quotes over the phone if you send them pictures of your unit’s condition. Call (612) 827-4033 to discuss the problem you’re facing, or visit them online to learn more about water heater repairs.

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