General Hot Water Repairs Required at Home
Hot water is perpetually required in western countries where the temperature is mostly low throughout the year. In Asian countries as well, hot water is required when the winters set in and taking bath and other activities need hot or warm water. For this purpose, a hot water heater is required. Hot water heaters can function perfectly well for years, but there might be times when they break down. Under this situation, you will need to call professionals to carry out the needed hot water repairs on your water heating system. Let’s know more about these professionals and their services.
When to Call Professionals for Hot Water Repairs
Hot water problems are evident on their own. When you open the faucet and there is no hot water, there is something wrong with the water heater. You might also notice dripping near the water heater or the water heater making gurgling sounds. All these problems need troubleshooting to start functioning right again. You might need to look at certain things to understand the problem and resolve the issue at hand. Unless you are an expert yourself, you will need to call professionals to carry out your hot water repairs in a proficient manner. They will come to your place, identify the source of problem and fix it as needed. A few common problems that may arise include:
If there is no hot water from your faucet, this means that the water heater is not working at all. Water heater can be of two types – gas or electric. If it is not working, it may be because the energy source is not supplying gas or electricity to run it. Repairing the problem will depend on the type of water heater. Though gas and electric water heaters look almost the same, they function differently. Water is heated in a different manner in gas and electric heaters. The first step would be to adjust the temperature dial in front of the water heater. You can now wait and check the water at the faucet. If it is still not hot, you might need to call a professional to carry out expert hot water repairs. They will diagnose the problem and fix it accordingly.
If you suddenly find that there is not enough hot water for everyone, you need to check if your heater is too small. Maybe you have installed a bath tub which needs extra hot water. In such a situation, you will have to take an informed decision and purchase a bigger water heater even though your previous one is functioning just fine. There might be another situation when the temperatures have dropped considerably, and you need extra hot water. In this case, you must adjust the water heater’s dial to hotter temperature.
In case your water heater is leaking, the professional might need to flush the water heater tank to remove the mineral deposits from the tank.
If the water heater is giving you too much hot water, then again you need to check the thermostat and adjust it to a colder temperature.
If you find steam or gurgling sounds coming out from your water heater, then probably the heater is not shutting off at the desired cutoff.
In case hot water is discolored or smells bad, then you have to check whether the hot water problem is with the source water or the water heater. In case only the cold water is smelling, the problem is with the source water. It is a known fact that iron, copper, and some other minerals can cause discoloration in the water. To resolve these issues, try installing a water softener.
If any of these problems do not get solved with the steps mentioned, then you will need help of a professional to get the hot water repairs done.
Water heaters, though generally sturdy, can pose problems when something or the other goes wrong with them. You should have enough knowledge to fix these issues yourself, but if the troubleshooting doesn’t happen properly, call a reliable person to carry out hot water repairs in a professional manner.
Guest Contributor, Lauren Bracy