Water Heater Issues, Repairs & Maintenance
Water Heaters play an important role in our homes. It is the system that warms up cold water from a water supply pipe so that it becomes hot water. A water heater does exactly what its name implies which is to heat water. Hot water is used for cooking, cleaning, washing our hands, and taking a shower.
To many people, there is no difference between a boiler and a water heater. If their home does not have hot water, they will say their boiler is not working. Experts tell us that although the boiler and hot water have similar functionality, they serve different purposes.
Signs your water heater may be faulty
The water heater works round the clock and is an indispensable asset in our homes. Unfortunately, if there is no regular maintenance programme, the water heater can deteriorate over time due to wear and tear or age. Most of us only realise how important a water heater is to our home when we have to take ice cold showers or wash our hands with freezing water if the water heater is not functioning as normal.
We have identified 6 signs your water heater may be faulty:
If you notice any of these signs please call a professional plumber for an initial diagnosis and they can advise on the next steps.
Repairs and Maintenance
As plumbing and heating systems are crucial to our homes, we always advise that you have a maintenance programme with a plumbing company with experienced and qualified experts. Prevention is always a better strategy as when breakdowns occur it can be extremely stressful and disarming.
Repairing a water heater will depend on the type of water heater whether it is electric or gas. The common faults with an electric water heater are a faulty thermostat, a blown fuse, malfunctioning heating element or hot and cold connections improperly crossed.
The common faults with a gas water heater are faulty gas valve, gas supply issues, thermal element or the pilot light not staying on.
There are several components to a water heater. The gas or electric water heater may be fixed with a reset if there are minor issues. If it is a more complex issue or it is showing any of the signs we highlighted above then it may require replacement of parts or the replacement of the entire water heater.