How to Troubleshoot a Water Heater

How to Troubleshoot a Water Heater

Life quickly becomes inconvenient if the hot water heater stops working. Nobody likes cold showers, and everyday chores such as washing dishes or laundry can become difficult. The good news is that most hot water heaters are very simple devices that anyone can troubleshoot quickly and easily.

How to Troubleshoot a Water Heater in 3 Steps

For tips on how to troubleshoot a water heater that will not work, keep reading.

Step 1. Check for Leaks

The first thing to look for is a leak. If the heater’s tank has rusted through or cracked, it will allow the water to leak out. This can increase water consumption as the tank attempts to stay full. It will also lead to increased energy costs as it tries to heat the cold water constantly replenishing the tank. A leaky water heater must be replaced as there is no way to repair a tank that will not hold water reliably.

Step 2. Check Electrical Components

If there is no leak, the homeowner is in luck as this means the heater can be repaired relatively inexpensively. Aside from the tank, there are only two components of the device that can fail. These are the heating elements and thermostats. Depending on the size of the heater, it might have several of these components.

It is a good idea to check that electrical current runs to the thermostat(s) on the device by using a simple voltmeter. Once it is established that current is getting to the components, determine if the voltage makes it to the heating elements. If there is no voltage here, the thermostat has failed and must be replaced. Homeowners should contact a professional for assistance.

Step 3. Check Heating Elements

If current is present all the way to the heating element, but the heater still does not function, one or both of the elements have failed and should be replaced. This requires draining the tank so that the elements can be removed. On gas heaters, it is necessary to call in a professional who is familiar with this type of device to determine if repair or replacement is required.

Contact Climate Design for Hot Water Heater Repair

Most people do not keep the proper tools on hand for removing and replacing the elements in hot water heaters. For instance, a specific type of wrench is required to avoid damaging the threads in the side of the tank. Thankfully, Climate Design is available to help. Contact us 24/7 for fast, affordable service.

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