Your home’s hot water heater makes it possible for you to take a nice hot shower, wash your clothes in warm water, and it supplies the water for your dishwasher. “These appliances have an average life of around 10 years and there are both electric and gas models,” according to Michael Hardt, owner of Providence Appliance Repair. So, if you live in your home for 30, it is likely that you are going to have to repair it a few times and replace it a few times too.
There are some issues that a homeowner can handle on their owner. Below, we have compiled a list of issues that can happen in gas and electric water heaters. If there is an issue that is specific to one type, we will make sure to point it out.
COMMON WATER HEATER PROBLEMS
THE WATER IS TOO COLD
A water heater that isn’t making the water hot, is a water heater that is not doing its’ job. This is a big problem and a full diagnostic test is going to need to be run on it. “This is a test that is going to require the knowledge and experience of a professional,” says Allen Cipriani, who provides appliance repair in Naperville, IL. They are likely going to find that the control valve or the heater element is the problem.
THE PILOT LIGHT IS OUT
This is an issue that only happens in gas water heaters. The thermocouple is the part of the water heater that lights the pilot light and if the pilot light is out, the thermocouple is probably broken. This is a complicated problem and you are going to need to call in a professional to fix this. If this seems to be working, the thermostatic control valve is the next thing to check.
THE WATER IS TOO HOT
There are two thermostats that work together to make sure that the water is coming out at the right temperature, an upper and a lower. If the water is too hot, there is a problem with one of these thermostats. Once you have narrowed down which one, you can take care of the problem so that your water is coming out the temperature that it should be.
THE WATER TEMPERATURE IS INCONSISTENT
This problem is a simple identify and replace. There are two thermostats on the heater that are set at the same temperature. If one of these thermostats is not working properly, it will cause an inconsistent temperature. Once you have figured out which thermostat it is, all you need to do is replace it.
THE WATER HEATER IS TOO LOUD
A majority of homes in America have hard water, which means that there are high levels of minerals in it. This hard water can cause mineral deposits to build up within the tank. This can happen in a gas or electric heater. This will require the mineral deposits to be cleaned out of the tank and the valves as well. In an electric heater, loud noises can also be caused by the heating element.
THE WATER HEATER IS LEAKING
The problem will require a little investigating to figure out where the leak is coming from. The pressure relief valves, gaskets, and drain valves are the most likely sources of a leak. Make sure to go over the heater thoroughly to make sure that you have found the right part to replace.
There are other issues that can happen to your water heater. The ones that we have listed here are the ones that are most commonly encountered. Homeowners can handle the most common of issues, but in the event of a more complicated one, call in a professional to make sure that the job is done correctly. Here are some we recommend. Find more in our directory:
Providence Appliance Repair
Big John’s Appliance Service
Achieve Dearborn Appliance Repair
Nifty Naperville Appliance Repair
Robinson Appliance Service
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Santa Maria Appliance Repair
Santa Maria, CA