Water Heater Repair Troubleshooting Guide
Do you know when your water heater needs to be repaired? Being able to troubleshoot those water heater problems will tell you if you need to have your water heater repaired.
Learn, Why You Need Water Heater Repair?
Why You Need Water Heater Repair?, Well when it comes to hot water heaters most people adhere to the adage “Out of sight, out of mind” until they wake up one morning to a strange rumbling or other sound coming from the area where your water heater is located or see a trickle of water running across the floor from your water heater. Being able to identify common signs that indicate that your water heater needs repair will allow you to get those repairs done in a timely manner. Hiring a professional Plumbing company like Lloyd’s Plumbing will ensure that those repairs are completed quickly and correctly.
Water Heater Troubleshooting Guide:
If you know how to troubleshoot some of the problems a water heater may experience then you can determine whether you can make the necessary repairs yourself or need to call a professional plumber to deal with the problem.
Water Temperature Too High?
If your water temperature is way too hot then the problem could be done to a couple of things. Either the temperature of the water heater is set too high, or the Temperature pressure release valve may be worn out.
The first thing you need to do is to check the temperature dial on your hot water heater. Look at the temperature dial and note where the temperature is set and then turn the dial down to a cooler temperature. Wait a couple of hours and then check your water temperature. If it is still too high or if you hear boiling sounds coming from the tank then chances are that the TPR valve is worn and may need to be changed. You can change the TPR valve by turning the temperature dial completely down and allowing the water to cool. Then using a bucket drain some of the water from the tank (about ½ the tank) remove the old TPR valve and replace it with a new valve.
Is Your Water Heater Leaking?
If you notice your water heater is spraying or pooling water there could be a number of causes including loose valves, a corroded tank, or condensation building up on the outside of the tank. In order to determine the cause of the leak check to see if water is spraying from the piped leading to the water tank. If this is the case it is best to shut off the tanks water supply and call a professional plumber to look at the tank. If the tank itself is leaking then the tank itself needs to be replaced. Call a plumber and drain the tank to save time when the plumber arrives. Condensation may occur in gas water heaters if the temperature is too low. If you see water under your heater turn your hot water heater completely off, wipe off the water and wait several hours, if there is no more water under the tank then try turning up your water tank’s heat and see if that helps prevent the problem.
Your Water is Discolored or Smells Bad
If you have an oil or gas water heater and discover that there is no hot water and the tank has garlic smell then chances are that your pilot light out and need to be relit.
If you turn on your faucets and the water coming out is discolored then the first thing you need to do is to check to see if the discoloration is coming from the cold or hot water tap. If the discolored water comes when the cold water is on, then you may need to have a filter installed to filter out minerals that may be discoloring the water.
If the discoloration is coming when the hot water is on, then you may need to flush your tank to remove the minerals or sediment from the tank. To flush the tank, place a bucker under the TPR tank and lift the valve tab and drain your tank. Once the tank is drained stir up the sediment by turning on the cold water valve for a short period of time, and then drain again. Keep repeating until the water runs clear.
Water Heater Makes Noise
Those noises coming from your water heater is usually caused by the expanding or contracting of metal parts or the accumulation of mineral sediments in the water tank. If you have an electric water heater then those sounds may be due to the problems with the heating elements.
Common sounds you may hear may include pops, bangs or gurgles. If your water heater is making noise rather than try to figure out the source of the noise on your own, it is best to call a professional plumber to diagnosis and repair the problem.
Get the professional water heater services of Lloyd’s Plumbing
While it is possible to troubleshoot and repair water tank problems yourself, if you don’t feel completely confident doing so then it is best to get the professional water heater services of Lloyd’s Plumbing. All of our plumbers are fully licensed, insured and bonded and goes out of their way to provide our customers with the top quality services they want and deserve all for a reasonable price. If you are looking for the best plumbing services available then Lloyd’s Plumbing should be your first choice since we have over 50 years experience in installing and repairing hot water heaters.