The worst thing that you can deal with when it comes to the water in your home is when your water heater is not heating water properly. How many times have you dealt with your hot water running out in the middle of your shower? That is one of the worst feelings and certainly would frustrate anyone.
That is what we want to discuss here today. If you water heater is not heating water the way it should, then this is an issue that can usually be easily fixed.
Hot Water Is Not Working But Cold Water Is
One of the most common things that can happen with a hot water heater is that the water just won’t heat up properly.
This can be caused by several different things such as the heater having a leak, a new heater may have been installed wrong, you might not have a large enough water heater to support everyone in your home.
Whatever the issue may be, you first must figure out what the issue is. That means the technician will need to do some troubleshooting before they can start to repair the problem.
Now, when trying to troubleshoot the issue if you have a gas heater you first should check and make sure that the pilot light isn’t out and that the gas line is not leaking. If you smell gas, then call a technician right away to come out and take a look at the issue.
If you have an electrical unit it could be as simple as the thermostat being faulty or set wrong. You may just need to adjust the settings to the thermostat and then wait a while before checking the water faucet to see if the water has heated up to the proper temperature.
When the hot water is not working but the cold is that is simply because the cold water doesn’t need to be heated up by the heating element. The cold water is just the water coming straight from the source. In order for the hot water to actually be hot it has to be heated up in the tank your system provides first.
How To Test Water Heater Element
Really you just need a few simple tools to check the heating element. The only thing you will need that most homeowners don’t already have in their typical tool kits would be a volt meter.
The test is as simple as removing the face of the thermostat and then hold the voltmeter next to the wires connected to the element and check to see if the voltmeter reacts.
This basically tells you if there is any electrical current. This is how you will know if you thermostat is actually working. If it is, then the issue is most likely to do with the heating element itself or with the tank not holding enough hot water.
Water Heater Not Heating Water
If you water heater is not heating water properly then contact our Sutherland Shire plumbing professionals and we will make sure that your homes hot water is heated up properly even if that means installing or replacing your water heater right away.
Contact us at (02) 8599 4593 for more information about what types of issues your water heater may be experiencing or for more help with fixing your homes hot water.