Waking up early for work, jumping in the shower, and being assaulted with a freezing torrent of water just plain stinks. We all know that feeling. Is it time to replace the water heater? Here are a few steps you can follow to find out. If you run into problems, give us a call as we specialize in complete water heater services in Lebanon, TN, and surrounding areas.
Make sure that the water has had a few minutes to warm up. Still cold?
Inspect your hot water heater. Check for any leaks, cracks, or damaged wires around the water tank and control panel. Make sure the drain valve is completely shut, and make sure that the water connections are not damaged or cracked. Finally, make sure pressure valves are not damaged. Damage, leaks, and cracks mean that it is time for a replacement. If everything is looking good, proceed to step three.
Check the breaker. Make sure it has not popped.
Check the hot water heater control panel switch, making sure it was not manually shut off.
If everything still checks out, the heating element inside the tank may have died. Luckily, in some cases, you can just replace the heating element. Not every hot water unit is the same, however, and you won’t be able to do that in all cases. These include if you have a gas or tankless water heater units.
Factors That Lead To Problems:
- A bad thermostat, leading to the scalding-hot water. Most water heaters have two, which makes it hard to diagnose. You would need to call in a professional plumber to remedy the situation.
- The most dangerous problem relates only to gas heated units. If there is gas leaking around your hot water heater, the ignition flame could ignite the fumes and causes an explosion, turning your water heater into a water-filled tank bomb. If there is any gas leaking, turn it off immediately and turn the power to the hot water unit off. Do not use your unit again until repairs are made to the gas lines.
When Purchasing a Replacement Water Heater
There are vast amounts of differing units available on today’s market. These include your standard hot water tank, electric, wall mounted tankless heaters, and natural gas heaters. In purchasing a replacement water heater, first, determine what is best for your needs. Weigh the pros and cons of each choice, then make your selection with them in mind. Tankless gas units can be a bit steeper in price compared to your basic tank unit but could save you in operating costs and may even free up a considerable amount of space in your home or office building. One big disadvantage to tank-less hot water heaters are that they have very limited heating on demand, so if you are considering one it is best to calculate how much hot water you will be using first. Do your research.
Need Some Help?
Whether your unit needs repair or replacing, we are here for you. Give us, your local plumber, a call today to let us know what you need and how we can help.