Fixing a Hot Water Heater : When to Call For Help
Troubleshooting your Hot Water Heater is always a good idea before calling in the professionals, but when is the right time to call?
Gas Hot Water Heater Troubleshooting
Gas hot water heater troubleshooting can be very simple. The first thing to do when you have no hot water is check to see If the pilot light is on. Without it, the water heater won’t work. All you need to do is follow the directions on how to re-light the pilot and you are back in business. If your pilot light goes out frequently, there may be a more serious problem, and you will need to call in a plumber to figure out why.
There could also be an issue with the gas mains at the house. If you suspect a problem with the gas mains, call a plumber or your gas company right away. You do not want to mess with a gas leak.
Electric Hot Water Heater Troubleshooting
Electric water heating systems rely on elements, just like in toasters. Once you have ruled out that you have electricity going into the system and still no hot water then the next step is getting the water heater element tested.
Usually electric hot water heating systems have two elements and one or the other can fail. Each one also has a thermostat and if they are faulty the elements simply won’t heat the water. Is it time to call a plumber?
Temperature Too Hot or Too Cold
It could be that the water is too hot or not hot enough. This is not as bad as no hot water at all but you need to check if the thermostat is working. It depends on your type of thermostat but turn the temperature up or down and test it to see if the water temperature has improved after a couple of hours. It may not be a plumbing problem after all!