Troubleshooting Your Home's Electrical Water Heater

Posted on: 3 December 2014

Waking up to find that you don't have any hot water with which to take a shower or complete other household tasks can be frustrating for any homeowner. Before you call out a professional to replace your electric water heater, however, there are some simple troubleshooting tasks you may want to try. After all, while electric water heaters can be a bit finicky at times, it's often more cost effective to repair them rather than to replace them entirely.

If You Have No Hot Water:

If you find that you have absolutely no hot water available from your water heater, there are a few things you'll want to check. First, make sure a breaker hasn't tripped; locate your home's circuit box and reset the breaker associated with your electric water heater. If this doesn't do the trick, then you could be dealing with loose wiring or even a bad thermostat. Unfortunately, for both of these are repairs you'll want to call out a professional from a company like Dennis Priebe Plumbing, as homeowners should never deal with water and electricity on their own.

If Your Water Takes Too Long to Heat:

Another common problem homeowners face with electric water heaters is that they take too long to heat the water. In some cases, the answer to this problem is as easy as adjusting the thermostat on the water heater itself. If turning the thermostat up makes no difference, however, then you could be dealing with a bad thermostat that needs to be replaced altogether, which will need to be taken care of by a professional.

If Your Water Tank is Leaking:

No homeowner wants to deal with a water leak in the house; if you find a pool of water around your tank or water leaking from any of the valves, you may need to replace the valve or the tank altogether. Unfortunately, a leaking tank is often the sign of a rupture, which cannot be easily repaired. On the other hand, if the problem is a bad valve, you can simply replace the valve (after first shutting off the water heater itself and draining its lines). Often times, the pressure relief valve is the culprit here.

Dealing with water tank problems is annoying, but it's something most homeowners will have to face at some point in their lives. Be sure to follow these troubleshooting tips before jumping to any conclusions, however; doing so might save you a pretty penny.