During these cold winter months, there’s nothing like a hot bath or shower to warm you up at the end of a long day. But if you turn on the faucet to discover no hot water, rusty water, or maybe even unwelcoming odors, your relaxing evening can turn south quickly.

Oftentimes, these issues can be traced back to the water heater. And if you live in the Nashville area, our team of experts would be happy to help you find the solutions you’re seeking!

Review the more common problems that occur with water heaters below, then call to book an appointment with our qualified crew. We’ll get things back to normal in no time!

Problems With Temperature

Issues with water temperature can vary.
Common Water Heater Problems - Nashville TN - Airbusters imageSometimes customers report that their water is too hot, sometimes the water stays cold, and sometimes it’s just not warming up fast enough. Fortunately, we have solutions to each of these problems!

Too cold of temps, or even lukewarm temps, often have to do with a faulty circuit breaker or a blown fuse, but there are lots of other potential causes, too. Or it could just be that your water needs have grown to outweigh the size of your tank. In these cases, it may be time
to upgrade to something bigger or more powerful.

If your water is much too hot, this may be as easy as adjusting your thermostat. If this isn’t the cause, we’ll have to inspect things further.

And if it eventually gets hot, but just takes forever to do so, we’ll inspect your heating elements and thermostats to see where the problem lies. One thing’s for certain, though – no matter the issue, we’ll get to the bottom of it!


Noticing water surrounding your unit from time to time? This is clearly a cause for concern, and it isn’t good for your floors or any of the belongings potentially surrounding the unit, either.

Leaks can be associated with pressure problems, overheating, loose heating elements, a bad gasket, and a lot more. Sometimes sediment builds up and causes cracking, sometimes the inlet and outlet connections are bad, and sometimes the unit is just simply too old. Whatever the case is, though, finding answers quickly is imperative!

Our professionals would be happy to inspect the entire system to discover what type of issues we’re dealing with. Then, we’ll offer the best solutions for moving forward.

Strange Noises

Is your water heater making a lot of clanking, popping, or even crackling noises? Over time, sediment builds up in your water heater, and it can trigger these rumbling sounds as the materials hit the side of the tank. These sounds can get annoying quickly, and the sediment itself can cause damage to your tank, so having it professionally flushed will definitely be in your best interests.

Other times, homeowners have reported screeching sounds and other times loud, hammering sounds are heard. In the end, any strange noises should be reported to an expert, so that the issue can be uncovered, then resolved.

Bad Odors

Have you been noticing a rotten egg smell coming from your water heater? This is likely due to the bacteria on the sediment dying and decaying. During this process, smelly gases are released that can eventually make their way into your plumbing. This is another reason why regular flushings are always a good investment!

Discolored Water

It’s definitely a bit unsettling to see brown,Common Water Heater Problems - Nashville TN - Airbusters water
rusty-looking water coming out of your faucet.
One cause of this could be rusted pipes.
Another thing to consider, though, is that your
water heater is the culprit.

If the tank is corroding on the inside, it tends to turn the water inside of it brown. A good way to determine where the problem lies is to see if your rusty water is coming out of both the cold and hot sides of your sink or out of just the hot side. If it’s just the hot water side giving you issues, then your water heater is probably to blame.

Does Your Water Heater Need Replacing?

Now, sometimes the best solution to water heater issues is to replace the unit altogether. One of the first things to consider is the age of the appliance. Most water heaters will last an average of about 10 years, or maybe a couple years longer if well-maintained. If your system is over a decade old, then it’s time to strongly consider investing in a new one.

Note: If you’ve invested in a tankless water heater, these tend to last longer – usually around 20 years. Don’t have one, but are interested in upgrading? We can help!

You’ll also want to consider the maintenance it has received over the years, as well as any signs of wear and tear. If you haven’t regularly invested in professional care, then it’s likely you’ll have to replace it sooner than expected. Along with this, the more wear and tear it faces, the more likely you’ll need a replacement on the earlier side.

Count On Us!

Whether you need repairs, a replacement, or just a quick service completed, the team here at Airbusters can help with all of your water heater needs.

Just give us a call or reach out through our site to get started. We’ll be there for you every step of the way!