Most probably, the appliance that costs the most in your house plumbing system in no other that your water heater. But fortunately identifying and repairing the troubles your water heating unit can most likely encounter are simple and not really expensive.
The only large problem and among the most severe water heating unit issues you could encounter is a tank with a leak. Regrettably, when that occurs, the tank cannot be fixed and you will likely have to buy a new one. There are very little solutions for water heating units with a leak.
Heater Unit Components and Operation
A common water heating unit is composed of a large size boiler vessel, with a thirty to sixty-gallon volume unit; both a hot water outlet valve and a cold water inlet; and a valve for a drainpipe. If you go ahead and check your water heating unit in its current state, then there is a possibility that most of these elements are partially exposed.
In the interior, there are a handful of essential components that cannot be checked. They consist of the heating element, a water tube, which transfers the inbound cold water to the lowest part of the water tank and away from the water outlet. That’s in order that only hot water can be used almost all instantly. There’s also a metallic staff or rod that functions to artificially produce its own corrosion and decay in the tank. And that’s to ensure that the body of the water tank does not experience these issues.
Any problem or corrosion of one those components will result in the hot water heating unit to experience issues.
Removing Water from the Heating Unit
To efficiently verify, or to monitor, any of those components for operation problems, the water heater has to be drained. Begin by switching off the heating at the control board. After that just let the water that’s inside a few hours to cool down.
Turn off the cold water inlet and connect a pipe to the drainpipe valve found close to the lowest part of the water heater. Lastly, turn on a hot water faucet anywhere in your house to make sure that air goes in to the water heater. After that just turn on the valve for draining.
There is a possibility that the water still inside the tank that you are emptying may still be somewhat hot. In spite of leaving it some time to cool down. Be cautious so as to not to empty the water too fast. And make sure to guide the water anywhere that’s safe, for example in the basement, outside, or into plastic buckets.
Problems with Water Temperature level
A particular problem for water not heating up too much is that the temperature regulator on the water tank was modified. The solution is easy, just simply increase or decrease the heat level a couple of degrees. And that’s so your water heater can start working correctly as before.
If you are experiencing no hot water whatsoever, then the water heater element, either gas or electric, is likely damaged. Those are elements you can change by yourself to restore your hot water source.
For more information, please visit the American Water Works Association.