Everything You Need to Know About Water Heater Repair 

If your water heater takes so slow to heat and quickly dries out its water than it normally does, there is a 99 percent possibility that your unit has problems and needs repairing. Water heaters approximately have ten to fifteen years lifespan, so if your unit does not still reach its limit, then there might be just minor problems that can still be fixed.  

Heater Repair

water heater repair is not very expensive and the replacement elements can just be bought in home centers, appliance parts dealers, and any hardware stores.  

Possible problems and their possible solutions:  

The water is not hot.

A typical electric water heater has two thermostats, which can be found near the top and bottom of the tank and are covered by metal cover plates.  

You can try fixing it, firstly, through removing the upper thermostat cover plate and checking the high limit switch button. Pressed it to reset. 

Check the power at the input terminals that can be found at the upper thermostat. If there is no power, try checking your circuit breakers or the wiring. 

Check the voltage of the upper heating element. If the element is not getting hot but there is power then there is a problem with the heating element and it needs to be replaced. However, if there is no power at all, then the whole upper thermostat needs to be fixed or replaced.  

The water is not too hot

This is the most common problems one could experience. Before you do anything, start fixing it by checking and adjusting the temperature dial, which can be typically found on the front of the water heater.  

If it still does not fix the problem, then check the base for signs of water, for it may have some water leakage. If it still does not fix the problem, try flushing the water heater tank to remove mineral deposits that might be the reason for the problem. 

If still, any of the methods cannot resolve the problem, the dip tube, which supplies cold water, might be cracked or completely broken. If it’s broken, the cold water pours in at the top of the tank and mixes with the hot water, making it not too hot.  

The water is too hot.

The very first thing you need to do is to check the water’s thermostat dial. Turn it toward the cooler setting and wait for a few hours. If it still doesn’t solve the problem, the following might be the problem: 

The unit might not be shutting off as its set temperature, or the TP relief valve is not properly installed or broken. 

Note: Since you are dealing with a hot water, be careful in handling the situations. 

The water is hot but has a bad odor and dim color

On one hand, the cause of this might be your source of water, especially when both cold and hot water has odor and discoloration. Natural minerals like copper, iron, etc. can cause discoloration in your water. Fix this by installing a water filter. 

On the other hand, when it is only the hot water that is affected, this might be a result of a reaction of a water that has a high concentration of sulfates to the water heater’s anode rod. Replace your heater’s anode rod. 

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