There are some things that can eventually become worn or stop the proper working of your water heater, which will then result in what seems as if there’s no hot water in your home. What you should do and what to look out for are detailed below:
The Electric Water Heater System
Electric hot water systems can fail for a number of reasons and you should start by inspecting these areas and dealing with the problem:
- Grounded Element – A defective heating element can ground out – A new water heater element is needed.
- Grounded Thermostat – An ineffective thermostat has shorted to ground – New part required.
- Accidental Grounding – Look for anything shorting over wiring connections.
- Reset Button Tripped – If this happens often, it may be that a faulty reset button needs replacing.
- Wire Short – Any wire which is frayed or broken can go on to a direct short. Very quickly replace any damaged wiring as soon as possible, and prevent any possible fires.
- Water Leakage – Try to tighten up nuts, but a leaking tank probably means that your water heater must be replaced.
- Weak Fuse or Breaker – Replace with a new one that is rated for a higher amperage.
- Breaker – All circuit breakers fail over time – Replace.
Gas Water Heater System
Gas systems have different concerns to electric ones, and if you need to consult with affordable professionals in gas boiler service in west London to check and repair your system, do so.
- If there’s no hot water, investigate:
- No Gas? – Make sure that the gas is on and the gas valve is on “open”.
- Pilot Light – If the pilot light is unlit but still a gas flow, check these seven elements:
- Thermocouple – Should the tip of the thermocouple be working properly, it will be in the flame of the pilot light and solidly connected to the gas line.
- Air in Line – Look at the gas flow and try to reignite the pilot light to help push any air from the line.
- Clogged Up Pilot Opening – Remove and clean to better the water heater operation.
- Clogged, Bent or Defective Supply Line – Replace lines ASAP.
- Defective Gas Control Valve – This prohibits gas from entering the pilot or burner, and is unfixable, but is cheap enough to change.
- Dirty or Blocked Burner – Soot may have built up on the main burner – Simply remove and clean.
- Ventilation – The flue could be blocked by and something outside like a storm or possibly even rodents. Flue cleaning is easy, but may be messy. Remember that strong winds can snuff out the flue, and pilot.
As can be clearly seen, a number of things may have happened, and that’s why it is important to keep your system in tip top shape and have hot water any time of the year. Make sure that yours keeps flowing!