Heating and Cooling

Keep That Hot Water Flowing

Most machines will eventually break down and stop working and one of them is the water heater. There are some things which will eventually wear out or stop the proper functioning of your water heater, which then results in what will seem like there’s no hot water in the building. What to do and what to look out for are all given below:

For Those Out There with an Electric Water Heater System

An electric hot water system will fail for different reasons and you should begin by examining these areas and try to deal with the issue:

  • Grounded Element – A defective heating element may have ground out – A new one is required.
  • Grounded Thermostat – An ineffective thermostat has shorted to ground – New replacement.
  • Accidental Grounding – Look out for something shorting over the wiring connections.
  • Reset Button Tripped – If this occurs often, it just might mean that a faulty reset button will need replacing.
  • Wire Short – Any frayed or damaged wire may lead to a direct short. Replace ASAP, and prevent any potential fire.
  • Water Leakage – Try tightening the nuts, although a leaking tank more than likely means that your water heater will have to be replaced.
  • Weak Fuse or Breaker – Replace with a new one which is rated for a higher amperage.
  • Breaker – All circuit breakers will eventually fail – Simply replace.

And For Gas Water Heater System Users

Gas systems have different issues to their electric counterparts, and should you need to consult with affordable professionals in gas boiler installation, to check and repair your system professionally, you should do so.

If there’s simply no hot water, check:

  • No Gas? – Ensure that gas is on and the gas valve is turned to “open”.
  • Pilot Light – If the pilot light is unlit but there’s still a flow of gas, check:
  1. Thermocouple – if the tip of the thermocouple is working correctly, it will be in the flame of the pilot light and solidly connected to the gas line.
  2. Air in Line – Check the gas flow and try to reignite the pilot light to help push out any air from the line.
  3. Clogged Up Pilot Opening – take out and clean to improve the water heater’s operation.
  4. Clogged, Bent or Defective Supply Line – Replace all lines quickly!
  5. Defective Gas Control Valve – This prevents gas from entering the pilot or burner, and is irreparable, but is not expensive, so just replace it.
  6. Dirty or Blocked Burner – Soot may be built upon the main burner – Take it out and clean.
  7. Ventilation – The flue may be blocked by various objects. Flue cleaning is easy, but can be messy. Don’t forget that strong winds can blow out the flue, and pilot.

As you can clearly see, many things might have occurred, and is exactly why it is vital to keep your system in top shape and have hot water flowing all year round!

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