When the water heater in a home breaks down it can cause the household to experience many problems. Most people rely on heated water for bathing, washing, cooking and other tasks around the home. Without a supply of heated water, accomplishing these chores can take more time or cause them to be delayed. To help in avoiding this, it is always a good idea to call a professional any time there is a water heater repair issue to be dealt with.
One of the most frequent problems homeowners have with their water heaters is units that will not heat up. This can happen for a number of reasons and many times the problem may be relatively small and easy to fix.
A technician will generally begin by inspecting the heating elements on the unit. This can include the pilot, pilot control valve and thermocouples. Very often, these components will wear out and need replacement. A technician will generally be able to handle this type of repair quickly.
If these components are working well, the technician may check the unit for sediment in the water. This is done by connecting a hose to the drain valve on the tank and allowing a bit of water to run out of the tank into a bucket. Often a technician can tell if the sediment levels are high just by examining the water. If the level is high, the sediment can be acting as a barrier and preventing heat from transferring from the tank to the water. This can be corrected by flushing the tank.
During the flushing process, the technician will drain the tank, then send water through the unit, and out the drain valve. When this is done, the sediment will be pushed out of the unit along with the water. The flushing process is generally done until the water coming out the drain valve is clear. Once completed, the unit should be able to heat up properly.
If the tank is still not heating, the technician may recommend replacing the tank. This is especially true if the unit is older. Hot water tanks are not designed to last more than ten years. If the unit is already having issues, spending money on a costly water heater repair may not be wise. Replacing the unit may be a more practical option. For more information, please visit KentPlumbingCo.net.