Your water heater is a major contributor to your home comfort, as well as your energy bill. Keeping it in a peak operating state can make your home life much more pleasant, but if you do experience water heater problems, what can you do? Follow these steps to diagnose problems with your hot water and decide whether it’s time to call the pros.
Common Water Heater Problems
- If you’re not getting hot water, check the pilot light first. Consult your owner’s manual if you’re not sure how to do this. Generally, re-lighting the pilot light is an accessible task. Be attentive to any smell of gas, and if you do smell gas, turn off the gas connection and ventilate the area.
- If the tank is popping or clanging, you may have sediment buildup. Bubbles form beneath the sediment and discharge into the water with an audible noise. Drain the sediment from your tank using the instructions in your owner’s manual.
- If you see water outside the tank, check the valves and pipes for leaks. Tighten any loose valves and joins. If you can’t find the leak, or the leak is coming from the tank itself, call your local plumbing and HVAC experts.
- If the water coming from the tank is warm but not hot, check the water heater’s thermostat. A water heater set at 120 degrees will deliver water hot enough for most home use without the danger of scalding. Many tanks have a factory setting of 140 degrees, which costs more money. Turn up the thermostat if you’re not getting water as hot as you need.
- If your hot water shows discoloration or a metallic smell or taste, call in the professionals. This could be a sign that your water heater needs to be replaced.
If you run into any water heater problems you’re not sure how to solve, don’t hesitate to call in the professionals! Cool Power LLC is available 24 hours a day for emergency service. We can help you get your Long Island home’s water heater up and running again.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about water heaters and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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