There are a lot of home emergencies that require your urgent attention. When your heating system goes out or the pipeline in your house burst, they pose big risks and real threats to your home, furnishings, and your very lives. But then, there are those minor concerns that stay in a gray area, just like the repair needed by your hot water tank. It is not a home emergency, but an uncomfortable inconvenience that signals a probable bigger problem for you.
It is a common scenario in your home when you scream at your kids to turn off the faucet or ask them to refrain from flushing the toilet when you take a warm bath. Or else, cool water will splash all over your body. You have several alternatives on how to call for your hot water tank’s repair. Follow the succeeding steps to get you tank working once more, or know for sure if your efforts will be futile and what you need at that moment is to buy a replacement.
First, try to wait for a while whenever your shower starts spewing off cold water instead of warm and resist the urge to call the service company for the repair of your hot water tank. Your water heater is capable of holding a definite amount of water. It can be around 30 gallons of water, some can accommodate 40 gallons while others can hold 50 gallons or over. It takes your water heater some time before it can warm up this amount of water, and its supply temporarily stays in a reserve. There is a big likelihood that this particular water supply gets depleted in little time if two or more people at home simultaneously use the bath or take a shower. Especially at the same time that your dishwasher or kitchen faucet is perhaps being used too. These instances are rare and only happens once every blue moon. But you may have to start entertaining the thought of making an upgrade and buy a much bigger and efficient tank if this is a common scenario at your home.
ASSESS YOUR TANK’S PILOT LIGHT
It can happen that your pilot light is just out and not that your water heater broke down when you abruptly lose your hot water supply. To better understand how a pilot light works, it ignites the gas that in turn heats your home’s water supply. Various reasons can be the cause why a water heater’s pilot light will suddenly go out. It can be because there is no power or an external force turned it off. After all, most new water tank models are designed with an ignition switch that allows the valve to go from “gas” to “pilot.” You can also restart the pilot light by holding this switch down for a few minutes. On the other hand, some older models will oblige you to crawl down and look for the light from below and light it up with a lighter or a match.
FLUSH AWAY THE SEDIMENTS FROM THE WATER HEATER
The mixture of metal and water is not a good one, most especially in a chilly location such as your home’s utility room, which is the most common location of water heaters. The water that goes inside the heating system usually transports small pieces of debris and other particles. The tank’s access holes become obstructed when this debris mixes with the metal’s flaking. If you start to notice that your home’s plumbing system does not appear to have sufficient pressure, the only repair you might ever need is to flush off the entire system. You can efficiently flush most of the sediment buildup causing your system’s diminished pressure or scarcity in hot water, by shutting off your water supply and attach a garden hose to your hot water tank. You are encouraged to this once every year up to three years.
REVIEW THE SETTINGS OF YOUR THERMOSTAT/ CHECK FOR OTHER ELECTRICAL ISSUES
One of the main reasons why your water tank loses hot water is when you have a faulty thermostat, or some of its electrical parts. Checking for a flipped breaker is one of the easiest thing you can do to address the absence of hot water in your home. If your water heater is connected to its very own power supply, it is probable that you do not have electricity down the basement but have electricity upstairs. Turning on again the breaker in down your utility room usually does the job. But if you have a breaker that often trips, you are likely facing some fried part or more with your hot water system. It is also considered a common scenario that you’ll have low water supply when a lower part is broke, or you will have no water at all when it is the upper part that is broken.
Facing thermostat issues will also fool you into believing that you are in dire need of replacing your hot water tank. Your thermostat might have a faulty electrical wiring, or its temperature is way below. No matter what, it will benefit you to have an expert come over and check your tank to determine the seriousness of the issues you are facing with your tank.
CORROSION REPAIRS, FIX LEAKS, AND MORE
If the head of your fittings is dealing with extreme corrosion, or if your tank has some leaky issues, it will result in a negative result in your plumbing’s performance. Low water pressure is the effect of leaks in your system, and your tank may begin to flake off and obstruct it when it suffers from corrosion. By simply cleaning the head of the fittings, or buying replacements, you will be able to put a stop to the leak. Unfortunately, you have to replace your tank once you face advanced corrosion. Hence, you’ll have a thorough assessment of your tank, and the right options will be laid out for you if your hot water tank’s repair takes place at your home.
BOOST THE SIZE OF YOUR TANK
A sudden rise in your household’s water consumption will lead you to believe that your water heater is broken. But then, do not fail to take into consideration other factors that will trigger an increase in your home’s hot water consumption. It can be any of the following: more people are now living in your home, the acquisition of new appliances such as the hot tub or dishwasher, or maybe you added a new bathroom. Your previous tank that can hold up to 30m gallons of water worked well when there was just the two of you at home who needs to take a bath or run the dishes. Consider an upgrade in your tank as your family also grow.
SECURE A CHECKUP
Once you come to the conclusion that your hot water tank can no longer do the job, your next course of action is to hire a professional to assess it. It will give you peace of mind to know what is really going on with your water heater.