When your water heater breaks, it is often difficult to determine the source of the problem and whether or not the entire heater needs to be replaced. Fortunately, depending on what is causing the problem, it may be possible to simply replace certain parts rather than the whole system.
In the past, you may have been much too intimidated to fix your water heater on your own. That is all about to change! With a few handy pieces of advice and a knowledge of what to look for, you will be well on your way to solving the mystery of the water heater.
Water Heater Tips and Tricks
Before actually fixing your water heater, it is first important to know when there is a problem.
Below are some indicators that there may be something wrong with your water heater:
- No hot water
- Rotten egg odors
- Loud rumbling noises
- Rust-colored water
- Water leakage
Start by turning off the power to your water heater and turning the gas pilot control valve to the "pilot" setting. Then, completely shut off the water supply. If you do not have any hot water, you may need to re-light your pilot flame, replace the gas pilot control valve, or add more gas to the tank.
Rust colored water may be caused by corrosion inside your tank. This can often be fixed by replacing the sacrificial anode rod with a magnesium anode rod. If you smell rotten egg odors, there is likely bacteria in the tank. Hydrogen peroxide is a simple way to clean out your tank and banish the scent.
Sediment in your tank can cause your water heater to emit loud rumbling noises. This can be fixed by flushing your heater, which should be done yearly. If your water heater is leaking, you may need to change the thermostat to avoid overheating and empty the valves of debris.
Sometimes a broken water heater is more involved and may require the assistance of a professional. For all your water heater plumbing needs, call a Gilbert plumbing from Leak Dr. Plumbing today!