We use water every day for showers, washing hands, and washing dishes, not to mention the occasional loads of laundry. When your water heater is on the fritz or on the last leg of its life, you need fast solutions before ending up stranded without hot water in your home for days or even weeks.
Here are some key guidelines to help you better understand and maintain the health of your water heater.
Problem #1: Heating Element
Cause: With an electric water tank, the heating element, usually a coil, is located inside the tank. Sometimes the electric connections go bad, which means it can no longer properly heat the water. Gas-powered water heaters use a burner to heat the water, which can also go bad over time if not properly maintained.
Solution: We recommend professionally checking and replacing these elements, if you suspect that this is the cause of your cold water problem.
Problem #2: Water is Leaking from the Unit
Cause: If you see water pooling around the tank or around the pipes leading to the tank, there is definitely an issue that needs immediate attention. Leaks don’t normally stop on their own. If ignored, they can lead to significant property damage as well. After countless cycles of heating the water in the tank and the metal expanding each time the water is heated, it may start to form fractures. These fractures may only leak a slight amount at first but can turn disastrous when the pressure becomes too much to handle. Loose connections to the water tank could be another possibility of why water is leaking around the tank. Sometimes these can be tightened by a homeowner, but other times a professional may need to replace them. A leaking pressure/overflow pipe could indicate an issue with the unit or that the relief valve is malfunctioning.
Solution: We recommend regularly inspecting around
the water tank for any signs of leaks so they are spotted as soon as possible. If missed, you may be facing the possibility of gallons leaked onto the floor rather than a minor trickles.
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