Water Heater Repair

Water heaters tend to be the hidden appliance that most people don’t talk about because it is usually out of sight and out of mind. However whenever there are problems with the water heater it can immediately come to mind and costly is usually associated with it. This will cover some of the more common water heater problems that you might run into. However, another common problem is a leaking tank and if that happens replacement is the only way to get it fixed, regardless of where on the tank. For most other common problems you’ll want to follow these steps to give you a better idea of how to deal with it.

The main parts of the tank are the tank itself, the intake for cold water, the valve to drain it, and of course the hot water outtake. These parts should all be visible on the tank itself you just might have to look around it first to get your bearings on where everything is. The way the tank works is that the cold water intake fills the tank by pushing the water to the bottom with a pipe, where it is heated up by the heating element, which is powered either electrically or through gas heat. There is anode tube inside of the tank that helps prevent the rest of the tank from rusting and being corroded, which gives it its name as the sacrificial rod. Any problems with any of these parts can cause issues with the tank later on.

Usually with any kind of problems the first thing to do will be to drain the tank. You’ll need to turn off the heating element and hook up a hose to the drain valve. Once the heating element is off you want to close the intake valve. You don’t want to drain the tank at the same time as filling it because it will be a waste of time and effort. With the cold water valve closed, open the valve to the drain and give it time to empty it all out.

Remember that you are draining a hot water heater so the water that comes out could be extremely hot unless you have given it a lot of time between shutting it off and draining it. Once the tank is empty you do not want to immediately fill it up. Overtime sediment builds inside of the tank and needs to be drained otherwise there are performance problems. To wash out this sediment you want to turn the cold water intake valve back on, the water will start to fill the tank but it was also drain at the same time. As it drains it will take a lot of the sediment out with it. The less sediment the less time it takes to heat up, which means the more energy cost is saved. Once most of the sediment is drained out close the drain valve and turn the tank back on.

Other temperature issues should first be addressed by checking the thermostat setting on the tank itself and making sure it’s at the right temperature. Any other unfamiliar noises or problems should be checked with a professional and are not common water heater problems.

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