What to do When Your Water Heater Starts to Break Down

Published On: May 6, 20190 Comments on What to do When Your Water Heater Starts to Break DownTags: , , Last Updated: February 13, 20242.7 min read

A water heater is such an important part of our home, especially in winter and it is during the cold months that we hope that it maintains itself and doesn’t break down. We tend very much to take them for granted and we really don’t give them much of a second though, that is until something goes wrong. A water heater can last for many, many years. They tend to be quite simplistic pieces of equipment and not all breakdowns mean that you have to replace the heater. There are a number of common faults that can occur which have quick fixes attached and unfortunately some of the faults can indicate a bigger problem. If you are interested in finding out more about water heaters, then check out Top Ten Water for a wide range of guides and tips.

What to do When Your Water Heater Starts to Break Down

Water Leaks

Water can leak from the top or from the bottom of the heater. At the top, is located a number of inlet and outlet pipes and a Temperature and Pressure Valve. A leak coming from the top could mean that one of the pipes has become loose or that the Temperature and Pressure valve may have been compromised. If the leak is at the bottom of the heater, there is a good chance that it is to do with condensation and nothing to worry about.



Thermostat Problem

The thermostat is responsible  for controlling the temperature of the water in your heater. If you find that your water is not heating up properly or your water temperature is too hot, you may have a faulty thermostat. Check first of all that your thermostat is set correctly before assuming that a new one is required.

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Colored Water

If you notice that the water coming out of your tap is discolored, it could be a problem with your water heater or not. Run the cold tap and if the water is discolored there too, the problem is not with your water heater but if the discoloration is only with the hot water supply, the water heater is likely to be at the source of the problem.

No Hot Water

A water heater works with a pilot light and if the pilot light is on, it is an indication that the water heater is working. If you have no hot water, check first to make sure that the pilot light is on, if it is not, the problem will be corrected by re lighting but if it is on, the problem could be a bigger issue.

As with all appliances, it is important to keep them maintained and looked after according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Water heater breakdowns can be frustrating, especially in the winter time when we need our water heater most of all. Unless there is something obvious, and there are some checks that you can make yourself, it is an idea to call in the professionals, at least that way, you know that your problem will be fixed once and for all and during the winter, you do not need the intermittent problem of a dysfunctional water heater.


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