Water heaters are one of those appliances that folks don’t think about much. Out of sight, out of mind….until something goes wrong. Not having easy access to hot water can really put a damper on your happy home life, since no matter what the weather is outside, everyone needs to shower, do laundry, wash hands, cook, and more – daily.
Such constant usage adds up to a good deal of wear and tear for water heaters. And the harder your water heater works, the greater chance it will need repair or replacement – at the most inconvenient time, of course. Don’t worry, though; the TF Complete Heating & Cooling energy experts serving Bristol, Worcester, Middlesex, and Norfolk counties can tackle all of your water heater problems.
Brrrrrrrr. If you’ve got zero hot water in your home, you’ll want to do some troubleshooting ASAP. With an electric water heater, start by checking that the appliance is actually getting power. You may need to replace or a reset a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse. Next, take a look at the high temperature settings. It is possible that your water heater may need to be reset if the temperature has recently reached its upper limit.
Lukewarm water may not give you hypothermia, but it doesn’t exactly make for an enjoyable bath or shower, either. A faulty heating element could be to blame. One sign your heating element is on the fritz is if your water heater used to work perfectly fine, but now the heat is uneven, unpredictable, or doesn’t last long.
A gas-powered water heater may have a problem with it gas valve, pilot light or burner. Whether a tube or vent is obstructed, a thermocouple or gas valve has stopped working, or the gas line has air in it, TF Complete Heating and Cooling experts can investigate.
If the warmth of the water in your home is all over the map, take a look at your thermostat settings, which could need adjustment during different seasons. The temperature that feels ideal to you may change, depending on how hot or cold it is outside. Likewise, water being stored in the winter starts off from a colder baseline temperature.
Malfunctioning or worn-out thermostat sensors can cause water to take too long to heat. On the opposite extreme, a broken thermostat pressure valve could enable the water to reach scalding hot temperatures, which can be very dangerous, especially if you have kids or grandkids.
Water belongs inside your water heater, not on or around it. Corrosion, loose valves or faulty connectors can all lead to leaks. An experienced technician can determine whether parts need to be tightened or replaced.
Many water heater problems can easily be remedied, and others require more expertise. An experienced TF Complete Heating and Cooling expert can examine your water heater, diagnose any issues, and perform necessary maintenance.
If your water heater is about 10 years old—or older—you should probably start thinking about an upgrade. Let us know so our technicians can answer any questions you may have. They can help you select the best water heater for your needs and install it as well. You may also be eligible for money-saving rebates, as well. Contact us today!