Water Heater Inspection
Water heaters are appliances that provide a continual supply of hot water. Typically, they look like big metal cylinders and tall drums that are often consigned to a laundry room or basement. It works by using a heating source either an electric element or burner under the plate of the heater causing the temperature of the water entering through a pipe to rise. It has a constant pressure so as water is used, more water enters the tank and distributed on demand to showers, bathtubs, sinks and other water-using equipment in the home. There is also a thermostat that enables us to set to the desired temperature we want but the best temperature to keep within the tank is between 120 to 140 degrees. Most residential water heaters have a 38 to 50 gallon glass-lined steel tank (but can range up to 88 gallons).
Common Problems with Water Heater
Water heaters are just like other machine, once it is not used properly or overused, it get malfunction or worst, it will not work at all. The following are the most common problem we experienced:
- Hard water contaminants can build up over time: Sediments build up can affect the heater performance and also it may shorten its life. This may also be the cause of some popping noises you sometimes hear. To correct this, you need to slow down this process by softening the hard water contaminants or by flushing it up and also lowering the temperature to 130 degrees.
- No enough water: This occurs if the heating element (electric) or gas thermocouple is not working. The only thing you can do to repair this is to replace these said components.
- Not enough hot water: If this occurs, the problem maybe that the heater you are using is quite old. Generally, as water heater ages, it will produce less and less hot water. It may also be caused by sediments build up inside the tank. If this occurs, the best way to repair this is to flush the tank. Also, you can try adjusting the settings in the thermostat, reset and test the replaced thermostats or heating elements.
- Water is too hot: This occurs may be because the thermostat is set too high, thermostat is out of calibration or because of a grounded element. To fix this, you need to lower the thermostat setting, check its calibration and then replace if necessary.
- Leaky heater: If this is the problem, you need to determine all possible cause of water leakage. You need to check the different ports or opening of the tank. If this is the cause, you need to consider replacing the valve but if the leak is originating from the tank itself, then, in this case water tank replacement is necessary.
- Noisy heater:This problem occurs if there is a buildup of sediments at the bottom of the tank. The solution for this is to drain the water and then flush the tank periodically. If there is a damaged or scale-encrusted element, you need to repair it or replace as needed.
- Dirty water:If the water comes out of the water heater is dirty, the thing you need to do is to drain and flush the tank. You should do this regularly to extend the life of the water heater.
Water Heater Inspection
Most of the time, people tend to forget about their water heater not unless it stops working. However, we must bear in mind that inspecting and maintaining our water heater is very important. It is not only upholds its performance but also conserves more energy and can last longer. Therefore, to prevent the common problems mentioned above, home owners should follow these guidelines:
- Inspect your water heater once every 6 months.
- Sediment can accumulate at the bottom of your water heater’s tank that could reduce its efficiency and can cause serious damage; therefore, we should drain it periodically.
- Insulate your water heater. It is one of the easiest ways to save energy and money.
- Check to see any signs of water leak or been discharged from the temperature-pressure relief valve. If so, call a plumber immediately.
- Inspect the cold water supply pipe, the hot water outlet pipe, the water heater’s metal housing and along the unit’s base for rust, corrosion and signs of leaks and repair. If necessary, replace the tank.
- Call for professional help for further information.