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.