Part three of a series on water heater repair, explores some troubleshooting tips for electric water heaters.
Electric Water Heater Repair: No Hot WaterElectric water heaters usually only have a handful of things that can be wrong with them. They are surprisingly simple devices. One of the most common problems is no hot water. Before you get ready to troubleshoot your water heater, for this or any other problems, take precautions. First, shut off the electricity to the water heater by turning off the circuit breaker. Next, let’s see what’s causing you no to get any hot water.
What do you do if you don’t have hot water? Possible causes of this problem includes a lack of power to the heating elements, a bad thermostat, or a faulty heating element, usually the upper one as a rule. If you know what you’re doing, you can fix these themselves. If there is even a smidgen of doubt, however, call in a plumber. This also holds true for our next problems as well
Water Heater Repair: Foul Smelling Water
When you turn on your hot water, does it smell of rotten eggs? That means that there is bacteria in the sediment at the bottom of the tank. Flush out your tank and clean it with about two pints of hydrogen peroxide, or a cup of bleach. Rinse the tank thoroughly. If the problem persists, call in a plumber as you’re going to have to replace your tank. If you have rusty colored water, it usually means that you have corrosion somewhere in the tank, which is also something that you’re going to need to call a plumber to fix.
Electric water heaters will work 99% of the time. However, like all things, it’s that 1% that will get you every time. If it happens, don’t panic. Learn how to fix it yourself, or call in a plumber for water heater repair.
This concludes part three of our series on water heater repair. Be sure to read part one and two of this series as well, as well as part four and five as well.
PUR Plumbing Inc.
7139 Mitchell Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL. 34655