Water heaters are a boon to many American families. If you have one in your home, you've probably become accustomed to the ease and convenience of running hot water whenever you want. All you have to do is to turn on a hot water fixture, and voilà — you'll have your hot water.
Unfortunately, many homeowners often take their hot water system for granted. Instead of undertaking routine hot water maintenance, they only take action when problems become too obvious to ignore. By this time, they may be facing big, costly repair issues.
Knowing the signs of water heater trouble (and taking corrective action immediately) is the best way to avoid home water heater downtime and expensive hot water repairs. Here are some common water heater trouble signs that you should never overlook.
Incorrect Water Temperature
When it is working properly, your hot water system should ensure your water temperature is just right for you. If the water coming out of your hot water faucets and showers is lukewarm, cold, or too hot, this is an indication that something's wrong with your water heater.
Several factors can lead to water temperature issues in water heaters, but the first thing to check is the thermostat.
A water heater thermostat is a device that controls the temperature of your hot water. If the temperature setting at the thermostat is incorrect, your water won't be as hot as you want. To fix this problem, you'll need to reset your thermostat to the correct temperature settings.
You will also experience water temperature problems if the thermostat is stuck in the on position and won't allow your hot water unit to stop running after reaching the desired water temperature.
Little To No Hot Water
Sometimes, you may experience problems with the quantity and not the temperature of your hot water supply. Consequently, you may run out of hot water for your household's daily needs.
Inadequate or no hot water is a problem that can be caused by many things. The most common culprits behind this problem include:
- Hot water line leaks
- Leaky temperature and pressure relief valves
- Water tank leaks (for storage/tank-based water heaters)
- Faulty heating elements (for electric water heaters)
- Clogged pipes
Poor hot water flow can also be an indication of external factors such as a scheduled disruption to your domestic water supply by the municipality. Before undertaking any repairs on your water heater, make sure that the issue is unique to your home.
Water heater issues never go away without intervention. Delaying water heater repairs will only allow problems to exacerbate with time. Don't hesitate to contact a water heater repair specialist if you experience any issues with your home's hot water system.
For more information on water heater repair, contact a company near you.Share