Whether you start your day with a shower or end it with one—when you turn on the hot water, you expect hot water. But if your hot water heater is not working the only thing you’ll experience is frigid water, no matter how long you let it run. If you want to keep enjoying hot water, especially during Connecticut winters, then you need to know these common hot water heater problems and how to fix them.
3 Common Signs of Water Heater Malfunction & How To Fix It
Strange Smelling Water
Is your water smelling funky? It’s likely due to a bacterial backup in the tank. To fix this, crank up your hot water heater to about 140 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour. This will kill the bacteria in the tank and eliminate the bad smell. During this time, do not use hot water in your house as it’s hot enough to burn you. After an hour, turn the temperature down and wait a couple more hours for it to return to normal.
Low Hot Water Pressure
Older homes typically have half-inch plumbing which limits your water pressure capabilities. To solve this issue, you’d need a full repipe. For modern homes, you can increase your water pressure by ensuring that your sink aerators are clear. You should also check the water inlet valve to ensure it is fully open.
When your hot water heater is not working, it can be impossible to get the right temperature. It may be due to a malfunctioning or dirty thermocouple. You’ll need to clean it or replace it. Another possibility is gas flow issues, especially if the water is too cold. To fix that, you’ll need to call a professional.
What To Check When There’s No Hot Water
Wondering why your hot water heater isn’t working? Before stressing out, go through this checklist first.
Check Your Thermostat
Your hot water heater may not be working due to low thermostat settings. Most manufacturers set it to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but 120 degrees Fahrenheit is usually suitable for most homes. If your hot water needs aren’t being met, consider increasing the temperature.
Check Your Circuit Breaker
Electric hot water heaters can shut off if the circuit breaker is tripped. If this is the case, simply switch it back on. If this keeps happening, there may be an issue with the power supply. You’ll need the help of a professional to check that.
Check the Pilot Light
The pilot light provides the spark for your hot water heater. If the flame burns out, you can relight it or have our team come in and do it for you. Depending on the age of your heater, it may require a match or the push of a button to reignite the flame.
Flush the Tank
Sediment and minerals can build up in your hot water tank. Not only can it affect the performance of your hot water heater, but it can also harm other components of the tank. If you have experience doing this, it can be done on your own. However, we recommend calling professionals, like us, to ensure it’s flushed properly.
Check for Leaks
If there is no hot water in the house, it could be due to a leak. Have you noticed small pools of water around the tank? It might not seem like a big deal, but small leaks can lead to bigger ones. Before that happens, contact our team for hot water heater repair or replacement
Get Emergency Hot Water Heater Repair or Replacement
If you’re not a big fan of cold showers—call a professional.
We offer emergency water heater services that can be reached any time of day. Unlike some other companies, Harp doesn’t charge emergency fees and we can guarantee same-day heater repair service.
We have multiple locations in Connecticut, find the ones nearest you and call today.