Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Electric Water Heater Troubleshooting?

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1-Water Leaking From the Top
If you believe you have a leak near the top of your electric water heater, it could be one of a few things. The cold inlet or hot outlet pipes may be loose, the T&P valve may have failed, or inlet valve may be leaking. All are easily fixed. For more information.
2-Water Leaking From the Bottom
An electric water heater that’s leaking from the bottom is typically because of normal condensation, a leaking electric heating element gasket, or a small amount of water being expelled through the overflow pipe because the T&P valve is opening to release excess pressure in the tank.
3-No Hot Water
Water in an electric water heater is heated by two heating elements (in most cases). The most common reason for absolutely no hot water is that the circuit breaker has tripped and you should first check the breaker box.
If that’s not the cause then the heating elements may have failed and need replacement. It may also be an issue with the limit/reset switch on the thermostat. It may have tripped due to the water being way too hot or simply failed and needs replacement.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Water Heater Failure

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1. Lack of Hot Water

Is your shower water lukewarm? Does it take a long time to get hot water from the tap? The most common sign of a failing water heater is a lack of sufficient hot water.
Most standard water heaters contain a 30 to 50 gallon storage tank. As the water is heated (usually by a gas or electric source), water minerals separate and settle at the bottom of the water storage tank. Over time, these mineral deposits build up in the tank and create a barrier between the burner and the water. This means that less heat reaches the water — and your showers get colder!
The more the sediment builds up, the harder your tank’s heating element has to work. Eventually, the heater will fail — either leaking or ceasing to operate altogether. The result? A costly water bill caused by leaking and a heater that needs to be completely replaced!

How to Solve It

Schedule an annual flushing of your water tank. If your home is prone to hard water, invest in water conditioning to keep water appliances running at their most efficient level.

2. Popping or Rumbling Noises

Water heater noises are another common culprit of water heater failure. If your water heater is making popping, creaking, or rumbling noises, it’s time to call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. Hard water and mineral buildup are also to blame when it comes to water heater noises. The distinct popping water heater noise is caused by minerals forming a layer on the surface of the water heater. The sound is caused by pockets of air in the sediment layer boiling along with the water in your tank.

How to Solve It

If your water heater still makes noise once sediment has been flushed from the tank, there is probably a more serious problem with the unit overall. Heaters that pop, creak, or rumble despite periodic flushing are most likely on the verge of a crack or leak. The best alternative is a replacement before the tank causes a costly leak.

3. Cloudy Water

Does your water look cloudy? Do you detect a metallic scent — or even taste — in your tap water? Murky water and funky-smelling water are both signs of a failing water heater. Mineral deposits travel out of the water heater, clouding up the hot water flowing from your taps. A metallic odor and even taste can accompany these deposits. These mineral deposits can impact faucets, clogging elements that control the flow of water. Additionally, a cloudy orange or reddish color in water could mean your water heater tank or house pipes are rusty.

How to Solve It

If cloudy or rusty water bother you, you can filter water for a short-term fix. While it does not look appealing, the EPA reports that rust in water does not does not cause any immediate health concerns. But once rust has reached your tank or pipes, the only solution is to replace them. Take a proactive approach to replacing tanks or pipes before corrosion causes a leak.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Gas Hot Water Heater Troubleshooting Information

Take a look at the possible problems below. Try to find a match for your situation. Follow the links to get to the right information. Read through that information before you proceed. Many problems can have more than one cause.

No Hot Water

Check the pilot light. Is it on? The thermocouple provides a safety feature for a gas hot water tank. When the pilot is not on, the valve will not allow any gas to be delivered. See the article 'Hot Water Heater Pilot Light', for the information on what to do .
Did you check to see if the gas is on? Go to the article 'Hot Water Heater Gas Valve', for direction on issues with the gas valve.

Not Enough Hot Water

This gas hot water heater troubleshooting exercise starts with the thermostat. Go to 'Gas Hot Water Heater Thermostats' for a discussion. A clogged flue or vent could be the problem. See 'Venting a Gas Water Heater' for information on keeping your vent clear. A defective thermostat is also possible. The thermostat is part of the gas valve. See 'Water Heater Gas Valve Problems' for the issues surrounding this device. The dip tube is another possibility. The article 'Hot Water Heater Dip Tube' addresses this problem.

Pilot Will Not Light

You need to follow the correct procedure to light the pilot. See 'Problems with Gas Water Heater Pilot Lights' for instructions. Gas hot water heater troubleshooting usually leads you to the thermocouple. Go to the article 'Gas Water Heater Thermocouple Issues' for information on this common repair.
The other less common problem would be the gas valve. A bad gas valve will not allow any gas to go to the burner or pilot light. See 'Fixing Hot Water Heater Gas Valves' for the issues surrounding this device.
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