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Can a Bad Water Heater Cause Water Pressure Loss?
Can a Bad Water Heater Cause Water Pressure Loss?
September 08/2022

Can a Bad Water Heater Cause Water Pressure Loss?

Remember when your showerhead blasted out water with incredible pressurize behind it? Now, it’s practically trickling. What happened? If you are dealing with low water pressure and want to get to the root of it, then bring Mr. Rooter Plumbing on board. We are proud to serve all areas of New Jersey, but not only with plumbing service and repairs – we are here to share what we know as well. In this short article, we will explore some of the reasons why your water pressure might be dropping. Specifically, we’ll investigate whether your water heater might be the culprit! If you prefer to hire an experienced plumber, then give Mr. Rooter Plumbing a call. We offer water heater repair as well as general plumbing repair in New Jersey.

Clogged Water Line

You have heard of clogged drains, but did you know that the water line can clog as well? "Hard water," or water with high mineral composition, can deposit minerals in the pipes. Over time, the minerals will build up and cause a blockage. A water softener can help eliminate most of these minerals in the water supply. This installation can improve the quality of your water, prevent clogging, and reduce the risk of low water pressure.

Sediment Buildup in the Water Heater Tank

The minerals we mentioned earlier do not only affect the water lines. Mineral buildup can also happen inside the water heater tank. Draining the tank once or twice a year will help prevent this buildup. Severe cases can lead to scaling in the water heater. These will be much harder to remove, so make sure to flush your water tank once or twice a year. Scaling can make the water heater work harder and cause overheating. It can also lower water pressure.

Kinks in the Water Conduit

If you want to enjoy robust water pressure, then the diameter of the pipes is crucial. There’s not going to be much water coming through a pipe with a 1-inch diameter. Similarly, kinks in the conduits, hoses, or pipes will restrict the water pressure. Inspect your water heater and make sure the pipes and hoses are not leaking, kinked, or loose. Replace worn or damaged parts as soon as possible.

It might also be that the pipes are too small for your water demands. You can have a trained plumber inspect your water heater and pipes to confirm. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of New Jersey is happy to help.

Check the Shutoff Valve

There might be nothing wrong with the water heater after all. If the water pressure is low for both the cold water AND the hot water, then the issue might be with the water supply. Before you call the utility company, make sure the shutoff valve is fully open. Sometimes, it can be partially closed, which will limit the water pressure.

Call a Trained Plumber

If you need water heater repair or just want a trained plumber to inspect your plumbing system or water heater, then call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of New Jersey. Our live representatives are on standby to take your call any time.