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Water heaters are necessary to provide hot water for use in the bathrooms and taps all over your house. Commercial and residential water heaters usually have a limited warranty should they develop a fault. There are two main kinds of water heaters in use today; the gas-fueled and the electric water heater. They have an insulator between the tank jacket which is usually made of steel and the water storage tank. This slows down the rate of heat loss. Their source of heat is the main difference between them. While the electric kind heats water electrically with heating elements extending from the top and the bottom of the tank, had heaters use a burner at the bottom of the tank. During the validity period of the warranty, some manufacturers offer tank parts or a new tank for damages. These may come at a reduced cost or free of charge.

Troubleshooting Your Water Heater

For electric water heaters, you should turn off the power source before starting at all. You can do this by cutting off the power in your breaker box. Electrical heaters work with high voltage (about 240 volts) hence, they are unsafe to handle while the power is on. To confirm that all is fine for handling, use a non-contact voltage tester to test the wires in the heater.

Common Problems With Water Heaters

Heating Issues

Water heater issues related to heating include the theater is cold, lukewarm, or too hot. These may be due to the water heater fuse tripping off such that it does not receive power from the source, the heating elements being faulty, cross-connections, problems with the thermostat, or the size of your water heater altogether. Check to see that the fuse has not tripped off. If it has, you can turn it off and back on. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, you might want to open up the water heater to check the thermostat or heating elements. Don’t forget to turn off the power from the circuit breaker before opening up the heater. When the water is too hot, it usually means that the thermostat is set too high. Check your user manual for directions on how to correct this. Should any of these be too much for you to handle, feel free to employ the services of a professional.

Water Leaks

Water leaks can be caused by anything from loose heating elements to a faulty gasket, to a corroded tank, or any other plumbing problems. If not attended to early, water leaks can cause more serious damage. Turn off your water and power supply before evaluating the heater for possible problems. If the heating elements are loose you can tighten them. However, corrosion in the heater’s tank indicates the need for a replacement. To buy more time with your next installation, you can opt for a tankless water heater.

Coloured and/or Smelly Water

A failing anode rod and corrosion are the likely causes of water discoloration and a foul smell. Orange, reddish, or brown-colored water is usually indicative of corrosion which means you might need to change the tank altogether. You should seek the help of a professional to determine if there are problems with the heating elements or the anode rod and if it can be fixed or should be replaced.

Noisy Tank These sounds can be a pop, whine, or rumble that endures. This might be due to boiling water and is not normal. Sediments from water can accumulate at the bottom of the tank over time and result in overheating. Draining the tank of the fluid and sediments should help. However, if the problem remains, you need to replace your heater. Consult a professional to help make the best choice for you. Please view service locations here: Riverside, Santa Rosa, Victorville, Oceanside, Ontario, San Bernardino, Santa Clarita, Santa Maria.

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