Troubleshooting Minor Water Heater Problems on Your Own

A water heater being repaired

Let’s face it. Water heaters, be it gas-operated or electric heaters, are a delicate but important appliance to every homestead. Even industry expert 5 Star Plumbing Inc. will agree. Keeping them in top working conditions with regular professional maintenance should be a top priority.

If your water heater is relatively new, there are a couple of things you could do to keep it working optimally before thinking about a replacement.

The most common heater-related problem is when your water doesn’t come out as hot as you want it to be. In most cases, this will be due to:

  • A faulty water heater thermostat
  • A malfunctioning heating element
  • Worn out insulation on your hot water piping or tanks

The quick solutions that you should try before calling in a professional will vary depending on whether you are running a gas or electric water heater.

Troubleshooting a Gas Water Heater

  • Check if the gas pipe is connected and confirm that the pilot light is on.
  • Flush and clean the heater to get rid of any sediment in the tank.
  • Clean the gas burner.
  • Raise temperature on your thermostat.
  • Troubleshooting an Electric Water Heater.
  • Ensure that the heater was connected to power (if yes, disconnect it to carry out further troubleshooting).
  • Flush the heater tank to remove any sediment.
  • If you see visible damage on the heater element, call in an expert to have it replaced.
  • Adjust the thermostat settings.

Knowing how to handle basic troubleshooting and maintenance could save you a fortune in small repairs. However, you should know the limits of your expertise and call in a certified and credited technician to handle complex repair and maintenance.

Most water heater manufacturers will state limitations as to what you can do and what you need to hire a technician for. Obeying such directives is not only good for your warranty but also a great way to avoid unnecessary accidents.