How To Troubleshoot Your Hot Water Heater

Even though you may not be standing in a puddle or dealing with a flood, there’s not much worse than having a hot water heater that isn’t actually producing and circulating hot water. After all, would you really enjoy bathing in an ice bucket or be satisfied with only having cold water at your disposal for household chores? If you’ve dealt with this before, we bet your answer is probably no! However, if you haven’t, keep the below troubleshooting tips in mind in case this problem should arise.

Plumber troubleshooting hot water heaterGas water heaters:

If your gas water heater is failing to produce hot water, you may have a gas pilot or thermocouple that isn’t cooperating. Furthermore, your gas pilot control valve may be on the faulty side too. When this is the situation, start by making sure that the gas pilot flame and pilot is working properly; you may also need to adjust the thermocouple or replace the pilot control valve all together.

On the other hand, if your system isn’t producing enough hot water, you may have a different battle to deal with. First and foremost, start by making sure that there are no crossed connections – meaning, your hot water line shouldn’t be connected to a cold water line. Or, your water heater may be experiencing too many demands when it comes to the hot water supply. If either of the above is evident for you, contact Barker and Sons Plumbing & Rooter right away to have the problem addressed.

Electric water heaters:

If your home is equipped with an electric water heater, the reason for no hot water may be related to a lack of electricity or issues with the thermostat. In this case, start by making sure that the circuit breaker hasn’t tripped – sometimes the flick of a switch is all you need to get things flowing again. However, if it’s your thermostat that is causing you trouble, you may need to have it replaced.

But, if the problem is that you don’t have enough hot water, you may be looking at a water heater that isn’t equipped to meet the water heating demands of your home. Also, just like you might with a gas water heater, you could have crossed connections. Again, when this is the problem, you’ll need to start by checking for them; you’ll also want to make sure that your hot water demand isn’t too much for your piece of equipment. If it can no longer satisfy the needs of your home, you may need to have it replaced.

Although you may be able to troubleshoot your hot water heater for the time being, if you’re in the Orange County area, always contact us as soon as you notice something is up. Our highly trained technicians can put your problems to rest in no time! For more information about our water heater repair services, click here or call 714.630.8766 today.