Got A Water Heater? 2 Problems You May Have With It

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If you have a water heater, over time it will have problems. These problems could be something easy to fix or would require a professional to repair for you. Below is some information about two of these problems so you will know how to deal with them.

Water Leaks

One common problem with water heaters is leaking water. If the water heater sits in a drain pan, you will see water in this pan. If the leak is very bad, you will see water on the floor around the water heater. If not taken care of, the floor itself can become damaged.

First thing to do is determine where the leak is coming from. Turn off the water supply for your entire home.

Check the pressure relief valve. This valve can generally be found on top of the water heater. There is a pipe that attaches to the valve, and this pipe runs down the side of the water tank. The job of the pressure relief valve is important as it relieves pressure in the water tank if the water is too hot. It relieves this pressure by leaking a small amount of water.  If you see a lot of water around the pressure relief valve, however, it will need to be replaced.

There could also be a problem with pipe fittings. There are two pipes for your water heater that you will find at the top of the heater tank. One pipe is for hot water and one pipe is for cold water. The problem could be one of the fittings on the pipes are loose. If so, tighten the fittings up and you should no longer have a leak problem.

The problems could be a crack inside the tank. If so, the only thing you can do is to replace the water heater. These cracks can be simply due to age. Over time, minerals in your water reacts with the steel tank, and when this happens it will corrode the tank.

No Hot Water

If you have a gas water heater and the water is not hot when you turn on a faucet, this is generally a sign that the pilot light has gone out on it.

This is a problem you can fix on your own if you know how. If you have never done this before, you should call a plumbing contractor to do this for you. If you do it wrong, it could cause damage to the water heater and be harmful for you.

If you have an electric tank and have no hot water, the problem is likely a breaker has tripped. Simply turn the breaker back on and you should have hot water. A breaker can trip when there is an overload or it could have tripped during a bad electrical storm. If this continues to be a problem, you should hire an electrician to check the breaker for you, as it may need to be replaced.

If you have to replace your water heater, you will find tankless water heaters on the market. These water heaters are much smaller and you will have hot water as soon as you turn on a faucet.

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