Your home's hot water heater is an essential appliance that works in the background without you having to think much about it. It provides hot water to wash dishes, shower, and do laundry. Unfortunately, there may come a day when the hot water heater stops working and you need to repair it. Here are some tips for repairing some common problems that can happen to your water heater.
No Hot Water
Do you suddenly not have any hot water coming out of your faucets? There are a few simple things that you can do to fix the problem. Start by looking at the thermostat to see if anybody in your home has changed it. It's possible that someone turned the temperature down without your knowledge, and now the water isn't getting hot enough.
You will also want to look at the pilot light if you have a gas-powered hot water heater. If the pilot light went out, the solution may be as simple as relighting the pilot light so that the tank can heat the water. If the thermostat is fine and the pilot light is on, you may need to bring in a plumber to inspect the heating element and potentially replace it.
Do you hear loud banging coming from your hot water heater, and you are not sure what is causing it? This could be due to sediment that has built up within the tank. As the tank heats up the water, the sediment can trap air underneath the sediment that suddenly rises. It causes a bang that you can hear throughout your home, which can be quite annoying.
The simple solution to this problem is to drain a few gallons of water out of the hot water heater. All of the sediment at the bottom of the tank should flush out with the water, and you'll have a hot water heater that is quiet when it is running.
Have you noticed water around the base of your hot water heater? Know that some leaks can easily be fixed while others cannot. Start by looking at the valves and if the water is coming out of them. It's possible that the valves need to be replaced with new ones. The pressure relief valve is a common one that can become damaged and cause water to escape from the tank. Unfortunately, you'll need to replace the entire tank if the leak is caused by a hole in the tank itself.
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