4 Tips To Troubleshoot Your Water Heater

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Few things feel better than a hot shower at the end of a long day. This is especially true when outdoor temperatures dip and you need the hot water to help warm you up. Discovering that your water heater isn't working properly can be cause for concern.

Before you resign yourself to a cold shower, try these simple tactics to see if you can get your water heater working once again.

1. Verify the Pilot Light Is Lit

Many residential water heaters rely on a pilot light to raise the temperature of the water stored inside the tank. If the pilot light goes out, you won't get any hot water through your faucets.

You can visually check to see if the pilot light flame is lit. If it isn't, reset the light and verify that the flame is burning. This simple repair should restore hot water in your home.

2. Check the Circuit Breaker

In addition to the pilot light, your water heater will need access to a steady supply of electricity to generate the hot water you rely on when you turn your shower faucet on. A sudden surge of electricity coming into your home could cause the circuit breaker connected to your water heater to trip.

If you can see that the pilot light is on but you still aren't getting hot water, then you should check your circuit box. Reset the tripped breaker to restore electrical power and you should have hot water again in no time.

3. Verify the Temperature Setting

All water heaters are equipped with a thermostat. The thermostat allows you to control the temperature of the water inside the storage tank. It's possible to accidentally bump the thermostat or have the thermostat stop working.

This would result in a significant drop in the temperature of the water coming from the hot tap on your faucet. Check that the temperature setting on the thermostat is correct. If the right temperature is displayed, you will need to have an experienced plumber replace the thermostat to address your hot water deficit.

4. Look for Sediment Buildup

All residential water is filled with trace minerals. These minerals can settle in the bottom of your water heater's storage tank over time. When enough sediment builds up, the heating element in the bottom of the tank cannot adequately warm the water in the tank.

A plumber will need to help you empty your water storage tank and clean out the sediment within. This will allow your water heater to function efficiently once again.

Contact a company like Eddie B Plumbing

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