Water Heater Troubleshooting

Hot water heaters are one of a household’s toughest operating home appliances. Day or night, it’s keeping water hot for whenever one would like it. If so more reason it stops working as it should, most homeowners are unsure of what to do.

Luckily a non-functioning water heater doesn’t always mean an expensive repair is in ones future. Try having a quick inspection of ones equipment first before calling a plumbing repair company.

Troubleshooting A Hot Water Heater

Pilot Light Inspection for Gas Water Heaters

Homeowners usings a gas water heater can remove the small panel at the bottom of the unit and examine to see if the pilotight as gone out.
A match or lighter can be used to re-ignite it. The water heater ought to kick-in and start operating once the pilot is relit.
If it is not staying lit, the thermocouple may need to be replaced, or the burner could use a cleaning.

Thermocouple Replacement

It sounds like a very technical term, however it’s really an easy part that one can replace on a water heater.

Consult the owner’s manual. It will have directions on changing the thermocouple with a new one.
As a safety reminder, turn off the gas before doing any repairs on ones water heating appliance.

Those With an Electric Water Heater

If ones home has electric water heater try using the reset button. Press the button until a click is heard.
If one is not heard, or if the water heater does not restart, reset the breaker.
If by resetting the breaker doesn’t do the trick, the thermostat may need replaced.

Change the Thermostat

Once again, take a look at the owners manual to see what the steps are for replacing the thermostat on an electric water heater. As a safety reminder, make sure to turn off the power to the heater and turn off the breaker too.

One other possibility is that the heating element needs changed. As always, contact a professional plumber in your area for any major repairs to ones water heating appliances.

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