A hot water heater is a specialized device that's used for regulating cold and hot water within a home. It can be a tank type, tank less or a solar device. One of the luxuries in life one can always count on is a nice, hot shower after a long day.
Well, that is, til the water heater stops working. Different problems might be associated with a hot water heater not working. However, there are certain common issues which you might experience, regardless of the type of water heater you have. Lets take a look at some of the problems, and how to fix them;
1. Water Heater Not Working or Heating the Water
In case your water heater is not heating the water, it might be because of a problem with the power connection, a tripped circuit breaker, or a blown out pilot light. Before you call in the pros, you should check out some of these easy fixes 1st.
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-First of all, ensure that the power supply to the water heater has been switched off. Check that the thermostat is properly turned up, and the clock settings on the water heater are accurate (in case the clock has gone backward or forward, you' will need to adjust it to get it back on the regular heating program.)
-If it is winter time, there is a possibility that frozen pipes might be causing the problem. A frozen water heater condensate pipe (the pipe that carries the condensation away from the water heater boiler) generates an automatic shut down of the water heater as a safety precaution. Check out the pipes.
-Another potential source of problem with a hot water heater not working could be a thermostat. Its' purpose is acting as a monitoring device, however, when it breaks down it can bring lots of problems.. A malfunctioning thermostat may cause the water to either be too cold or too hot; Replacing your thermostat may solve the problem.
-You should also check to ensure that the heater is getting electrical power. If it is a pilot light problem, make sure you consult the owner’s manual before you try to re-ignite.
Leaking Water Heater
Water leaks are another common issue with water heaters. Leaking may start from the bottom or top of the device. Water leaks can result from various different problems such as damaged pipes, loose valves, and corrosion. When water stays in tubes for a long period time, rust and sediments start forming. Eventually, they can create cracks in the tubing, or even the tank itself, which can in turn cause leaks.
With new water heaters, most water leaks are usually caused by leaking connection at the water inlet or outlet. At times, some leaks may be found arising from a fitting (like around the pressure and temperature valves) or around any one of the water heating elements. The leaking fittings can be tightened, or repaired.
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Solution; Tighten any loose valves, look for pipe leaks, and look for any cracks in the dip valves. If you still have not been able to find or fix the issue, you should call in the professionals.
Inadequate Hot Water
A water heater that isn't supplying enough hot water may cause a lot of inconvenience. This problem is normally linked to the thermostat. Defective thermostat may dramatically change the water's temperature. The thermostat is usually attached to the valve; check if it is working, and then compare the water's temperature to what's being shown on the thermostat gauge.
A clogged vent or flue is another problem associated with a hot water heater not working. It might alter the normal hot flow of water. A clog can minimize the water pressure and can lead to an imbalance in the water heating mechanism.
Black or Rusty Colored Water
Safe and clean water is a top most priority in any household. The rusty colored water is usually caused by dissolved anodes; this is a metal element found in the water heater, and when it is exposed to the heat on a regular, long term basis, it might rust and degrade. In case this happens, it is time for you to change the water heater anode.
Water Heater Noise
If your water heater is making strange noises. It might be related to an excessive build up of sediments in the water heater tank, which actually cause the water to boil instead of simply being heated. In order for you to get rid of such sediments, you can flush them out of your tank and then refill it using fresh and clean water. Scheduling an annual scrubbing and flushing of the water heater tank, its' tubing and various other parts, will prevent recurrence of this problem.