Even though water heaters can be expensive utilities, fixing them doesn’t have to be. There are several common problems that are easy to fix without having to call a professional for help. Problems could range from anything such as the breaker tripping to sediment build up. Here are some of the most common water heater problems and easy, do-it-yourself fixes.
Check the Pilot Light
The pilot light is under the tank and keeps the water hot. It can occasionally go out, but it isn’t difficult to reset. The first thing to do is to check the pilot light. Check to see if the flame from the pilot light is still on. If it isn’t, reset it and you’re good to go. If it is lit, the next thing to check is the breaker.
Check the Breaker
If the pilot light is still on, try checking the breaker. If your breaker has tripped, try flipping it off and on. If it still doesn’t work after that, the next thing to check is the thermostat.
Check the Thermostat
Every hot water heater has a thermostat attached to it. The temperature could’ve been changed or it just isn’t hot enough for what you want. Try turning the temperature up. If the water temperature still doesn’t feel hot enough, you might need to replace the thermostat. To check if the thermostat is working, you need tap water and a working thermometer. Run hot tap water over the thermometer. If the temperature is within five degrees, your thermostat is working correctly. If not, you will need to have your thermostat replaced.
Check for Sediment Buildup
Sediment buildup is more of a serious problem, but it can still be fixed without calling a professional. The first step is to empty your entire water tank. Then flush it out completely with water. After that, fill it back up, and your system should be back to normal.
If you check and try all these different things and your system still isn’t working properly, it might be time to call a professional plumber at Mr. Plumber Plumbing Company!