Don’t Let Your Hot Water System Fail
There are a number of things that may become worn or prevent the correct working of your water heater, that may result in what will look like there’s no working hot water at your home. What to do and what to watch out for is described below.
For Those of You with Electric Water Heaters
An electric hot water system will not work for only a small amount of reasons. You can begin by examining these areas:
- Grounded Element – A faulty heating element may ground out – A new water heater element is required.
- Grounded Thermostat – An inefficient thermostat can short to ground – New component needed.
- Accidental Grounding – Check for objects shorting across any wiring connections.
- Tripping of Reset Button – If this happens continuously, it could be the sign of a faulty reset button – Replacement necessary.
- Wire Short – Any frayed or broken wiring could go on to a direct short. This is very important! Make haste and quickly replace all faulty wiring as soon as possible, to stop any potential fires.
- Water Leakage – You can try tightening nuts, but a leaking tank really indicates that the water heater has to be replaced.
- Undersized Fuse or Breaker – Replacement with one rated for a higher amperage.
- Weak Breaker – Circuit breakers will fail with time – Replace.
And Those of You with Gas Water Heaters
Gas units will have different issues than electric ones, and it’s in your best interests in both cases to consult with professional 24 hour plumbers in Southampton, to check your system, and provide you with expert advice on what you should do.
Should there be no hot water, check out:
- No Gas – Make sure that the gas is on and the gas valve is on “open”.
- Pilot Light – If the pilot light is out but there is a gas flow, look at these seven components:
- Thermocouple – If the tip of the thermocouple is working correctly, it should be in the flame of the pilot light and firmly connected to the gas line.
- Air in Line – Exam the gas flow and try to relight the pilot light a couple of times to push any air out of the line.
- Blocked Up Pilot Opening – Remove and clean to improve the water heater operation.
- Blocked, Crooked or Defective Supply Line – Replace faulty lines straight away.
- Damaged Gas Control Valve – This prevents gas from reaching the pilot or burner, and cannot be fixed, but they are cheap to replace.
- Soiled or Blocked Burner – Soot has built up on the main burner – Take out and clean.
- Ventilation – The flue may be clogged by an outside occurrence such as a storm or rodents. Flue cleaning is simple, but can be messy. Strong winds can blow out the flue, and the pilot.
As you can see quite a few things may falter, and it is very important to have available hot water throughout the year, just make sure it keeps on flowing!