How To Resolve Gas Hot Water Heater Problems
Hot water is useful in various ways at our homes. When you turn on the tap of your sink, tub or shower, you expect hot water to come out without any issues. This is however not the case always since water heaters develop problems from time to time.
Some of the issues you may face include smelly water, strange noise from the water heater, water leaking from the tank, inadequate amount of hot water or no hot water at all, discoloured water, among other problems. If you experience any of these problems, it is a sign that your system needs attention.
But before you call a hot water plumber, it is advisable to consider a few troubleshooting tips. Below are some of the steps you can take.
No Hot Water
When no hot water is available, check a few areas in your gas water heater. First ensure that the gas pilot light is turned to the pilot setting, and turn off the water to the hot water system.
Next check pilot light. Is it lit? if it is not lit, relight. These two measures may solve the problem.
In case the pilot light is lit, ensure the thermocouple is well secured and in proper position. Note that if the thermocouple is off-kilter and cannot be straightened and tightened, it needs to be replaced.
If the pilot light cannot relight, it should also be replaced. These kinds of repairs require professional assistance. Call a professional plumber for help.
Inadequate Hot Water
Inadequate hot water supply is usually experienced because your system is overtaxed. Are other people or appliances using hot water when you experienced the problem? If yes, you may have to upgrade to a more powerful gas hot water system.
The other area you should check is the temperature setting on the thermostat. Increasing the temperature and giving the water enough time to heat up, may resolve the problem.
Damage to the dip stick or a problem with the gas supply to the water tank can also lead to inadequate supply of hot water. Any of these two issues requires the assistance of an expert plumber.
Water Is Discoloured Or Smelly
Rust-coloured water is a very common problem with gas hot water heaters. It could be due to corrosion in the tank. While many tanks come with an installed anode that prevents rusting, the rods can dissolve over time.
When the rods dissolve, corrosion or rust ensues, bacteria can grow in the tank leading to foul smelling water. To solve the problem, an experienced plumber will help you replace the anode rod.
A gas hot water heater system will develop issues from time to time. You can troubleshoot some of the problems alone without the need to call a technician for help.
Call The Expert
However, if the troubleshooting does not solve the problem, contact a professional plumber for help. Anytime Hot Water provides emergency repair services to ensure that you do not suffer the inconvenience of no hot water at your home for longer than is necessary. Do not hesitate to give us a call at 1800 633 920 any time you experienced a problem.