We know how inconvenient it is to wake up to a broken water heater. Over the years, we’ve installed thousands of water heaters and have talked to many homeowners that have had the unfortunate experience of waking up to no hot water and being forced to take a cold morning shower. So when your hot water goes out, we know how important it is to get your current water heater repaired or to get a new water heater installed in a timely basis – same day, if possible. This is why we do our best to provide same-day Elgin water heater installation, water heater replacement, and water heater repair services.
If your water heater is acting up and you aren’t sure whether it needs to be replaced or repaired, we’ve put together a quick guide of common water heater issues to help homeowners troubleshoot the most common water heater problems.
Common Causes of Elgin Water Heater Installation & Repairs
Let us start by saying that if your water heater is more than 8 years old, is working sporadically or not at all, or is leaking around the base, then we recommend that you consider replacing your water heater. For old water heaters, it’s difficult to know how much longer they’re going to last and putting a band-aid over a chronic problem won’t save you money. However, if the water heater is on the newer side (3-7 years old) then it might be worth checking some of the most common issues that impact heaters:
1. Water temperature
If you’re experiencing water that’s not getting hot enough or that’s getting too hot, the first thing to do is to check the thermostat. The thermostat is usually found on the side of the heater near the bottom. The thermostat could’ve been bumped so make sure it’s set to the manufacturers recommended settings. Be very careful! Setting the thermostat too high can result in scalding or burns.
If the thermostat is set properly but you’re still having issues with water temperature, then proceed with troubleshooting tips below.
2. Leaking Temperature & Pressure (T&P) Relief Valve
The Temperature & Pressure Relief Valve is a valve that’s typically located on the top or side of the heater, near the top, that should have a pipe coming out of it running toward the floor. This valve is a safety valve that will release any pressure that builds up inside of the heater.
It’s very important to test this pressure relief valve occasionally to make sure it’s working properly. You can test it by opening the valve, if water comes out then it’s operating properly. If the valve won’t open or is difficult to open then you will need to replace the valve to ensure you have a properly operating pressure relief valve should pressure build up in the tank.
If the relief valve is leaking from around the thread, it’s possible that the valve is loose or wasn’t installed properly. Here’s some a quick guide to fixing a leaking T & P relief valve:
3. Hissing Noises coming From the Water Heater
If you’re hearing hissing noises coming from your water heater, this is most likely due to sediments at the bottom of the tank. It’s a relatively quick fix if you follow these steps:
- Turn off the gas or power to the water heater
- Turn off the valve to the cold water supply that feeds the water heater
- Find the drain connection at the bottom of the water heater (will be a hose connection that looks similar to an outdoor garden hose connection)
- Connect a short hose (your regular outdoor garden hose will work, as well) to the drain connection and run the house to your nearest floor drain (make sure the area around the floor drain is clear because some water may get on the floor while it’s draining)
- Open the valve on the drain connection and let the water run into the floor drain – do this until the water heater is completely drained (no more water comes out)
- Excess sediment should’ve drained along with the water so you can close the drain and refill the water heater by opening the cold water supply valve
- If you have an electric water heater: pull out of the heating elements and soak them in vinegar for a while, then scrape away any extra slime or debris that may have collected before putting heating elements back.
- For more details and information you can visit this link: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/skills-and-know-how/plumbing/how-to-drain-a-water-heater
4. Leaking Supply Pipes
If you have a leak coming from the pipes that go to or from the water heater, it’s probably a good idea to call a licensed plumber (we’re available at 847-232-6565). Small leaks often come from corrosion, especially in old galvanized water pipes, and can go from a small leak to a large leak very quickly. If you have a large leak, shut of the water near the water meter and call a local professional that provides plumbing services in Elgin or the surrounding areas as soon as possible.
These are a few of the most common issues we see when it comes to residential water heaters. If you’re having an issue that’s not listed here or need a hand with any of the issues listed above, feel free to contact us and we can help advise you on your options. If a water heater installation or repair is required, we’re happy to provide free estimates, as well.