When it comes to heating the water in your home, there are a few things that might go wrong. In this post, we will look at what these are and see what your best options are when it comes to dealing with them.
Not Getting Hot Enough
In summer, tepid showers can be pleasant, and even preferable. That is not true all year round. A common problem that people have is water that does not get hot enough. This is normally easily solved by cranking up the thermostat on the tank.
It is important, however, to be careful at how high you are setting it – you don’t want it to scald you. If you have cranked up the thermostat and it is still not producing the desired results, give a pro a call to check it out.
No Hot Water at All
This could be caused by a few different things, depending on the type of system that you have. With a gas-powered system, it could be a case of the pilot light going out. This could be as a result of issues with the control valve or the thermocouple.
For conventional systems, it could mean that the heating element needs to be replaced.
In either case, it is better not to fuss with these things yourself. Changing out these elements is something that can be quick for a pro, but not so easy if you don’t have the right tools. If not done correctly, it could be a safety hazard.
A Bad Smell
If the heated water smells like rotten eggs, it is an indication that the water in the tank is contaminated with bacteria and not safe to use. You can try to sort this out yourself by switching off all power to the tank and allowing it to drain.
Then allow it to fill but add hydrogen peroxide to the water this time. Leave it for a couple of hours and let it drain again. Fill with clean water and then flush it out once more. If after all this, the water still comes out smelling bad, then get a pro in.
If the water from both taps smells, that means that there is more likely a problem with the water supply or the pipes bringing it in.
A Lot of Noise
If your tank sounds like it is throwing a hissy fit, there are a few things that could be wrong. The most likely cause if nothing is actually wrong is sediment in the tank. This is something that can be avoided by switching the tank off once or twice a year and draining it completely.
Try doing this now and see if it makes a difference.
If it isn’t sediment causing the problem, it could be that the heating element is giving up the ghost or that there is something else wrong. In either case, switch it off and get a pro to check it out.
Once these tanks start leaking, it means that it is time to look for a new model. Leaks cannot be fixed and should not be ignored.
If you have a problem, give us a call, and we will come and see what we can do to help you with your water heater repair needs.