If your water heater is having trouble keeping up with your water heating needs, there could be several reasons for this occurrence. Knowing what's causing the issue and how to troubleshoot can help you get your water heater functioning in a way that meets your needs.
What can cause your water heater to stop heating water as well?
Some of the common issues that could be causing this problem include:
- The water temperature is turned down.
- The water heater has a leak.
- The water heater has a buildup of sediment which is blocking the heating elements in the bottom of the tank.
What can you do to trouble shoot these problems?
Start by checking your water heater for leaks. You'll be able to tell if your water heater is leaking by a presence of water either below the heater or on the sides of the water heater. You may also see corrosion along the heater, either on the side of the tank or in the area where the cold water pipes connect to the tank.
If you see no indications of a leak, check the thermostat. If you believe that the thermostat was turned down to a lower setting by a member of your family, turn the thermostat up. Wait one day to see if this fixes your problem. If it doesn't, it may be that your water heater needs to be drained of sediment in the bottom of the tank.
To drain the tank, follow this procedure:
- Turn off the power and the cold water supply to the tank.
- Turn on a hot water faucet in your house.
- Attach a hose to the drain at the bottom of the hot water tank. Point the other end of the hose into the street.
- Turn on the spigot at the bottom of the hot water tank. The water coming out of the hose should be dirty. Allow the water to run out of the hot water tank until the water in the hose turns clear.
- When the water in the hot water tank is clear, turn off the spigot, close the hot water faucet, turn on the cold water and turn back on the hot water tank.
If none of these trouble shooting efforts fixes your problem, you may need a new hot water heater. To find out more, have your hot water heater inspected and assessed by a reputable plumber (such as one from Alexander's Plumbing And Pumps) in your area.Share