Residential hot water heaters toil away without much thought from the homeowners until they stop working. There are not too many things more frustrating than mid-way through a shower, full of suds and shampoo, the hot water goes out. Depending on what repairs are needed you may need to call for Water Heater Repair in Gainesville FL. The following are things most likely to go awry with hot water heaters:
* No Hot Water -: The reasons for no hot water at all differ between electric and gas models. For electric water heaters check the circuit breaker. If the breaker has not been tripped, then reset the high-temperature cutoff switch (ECO switch). If none of these correct the problem then it is possible that the thermostat or heating element is faulty. Gas water heaters have pilot lights. If the pilot light is out, re-light it. If it will not light it may be an issue with the gas supply or if it lights but won’t remain lit, it may indicate a thermocouple or gas control valve problems.
* Not Enough Hot Water -: Running out of hot water may be indicative of sediment buildup in the tank which takes up room, displacing the water. The thermostat may be broken or the dip tube is damaged. The function of the dip tube is to direct cold water to the bottom of the tank. If it is broken or cracked, then cold water can leak out with the hot water.
* Noisy Hot Water Heater -: Gurgling, popping or groaning sounds emanating from a hot water heater is an indicator of sediment buildup in the bottom of the tank. The noise is caused by the water overheating to the boiling point. Also, electric hot water heaters often make a high-pitched whining sound when lime builds up on the heating elements.
* Leaking -: Common causes for leaks included a corroded water tank, a clogged temperature-pressure relief (TRP) valve or worn fittings or gaskets. Unfortunately, if the tank itself is leaking due to corrosion, it cannot be repaired and must be replaced.
If the problem cannot be determined or the repair is more than you can handle yourself, then you need Water Heater Repair in Gainesville FL. Whether you replace or repair the water heater, it is well worth hiring a professional plumber like those at Charles Berg Enterprises. For more information you can visit Charlesbergenterprises.com or their Facebook page.