Your home's hot water heater is most likely powered by electricity or gas. Each model needs problems to be handled in their own unique way, and if you have never had an electric hot water heater before, you may not know what to do. Here are 3 different problems that can happen with an electric hot water heater, as well as how to fix them.
A common problem with a hot water heater is turning on your faucets to discover that only cold water is coming out. If you allow the water to run for a while and it is still cold, you need to start troubleshooting the problem.
Check that the electric hot water heater has been turned on, since it could have been shut off accidentally by another person in your home. Then look at your home's circuit breaker panel to verify if the circuit is still on. If those things are all good, the tank's thermostat could be broken and giving inaccurate water temperature readings. If all of those elements seem to be working properly, it could be a heating element that has gone bad. A plumber can diagnose this problem and repair it for you.
Too Hot Water
Is the hot water coming out of the faucet feels scalding when you touch it? Chances are that something is wrong with the thermostat. Once again, verify that nobody in your home has adjusted the settings without you knowing. If it's at the correct temperature, it could also be a problem with a malfunctioning thermostat not reporting the correct temperature of the water. Thankfully, a thermostat can be easily replaced or potentially repaired by a plumber if it's failing.
One of the more difficult problems to repair is an electric hot water tank that is leaking water. You may first notice it as a tiny puddle near the base of the tank. See if you can narrow down the location to a connection or valve that is leaking, or a hose that has rusted through the tank. If it's a connection, try applying plumbers tape to the connection and tightening it. Also, be sure to look at the pressure relief and temperature valve, which is usually located under the tank's overflow pipe. Open the valve and flush it out to remove any debris in the line.
If the problem is corrosion, you will need the entire tank to be replaced. Work with a local plumber that can help you do it. Contact a business, such as Actionaire Inc, for more information.
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