The water heater installed in your house may suffer from different problems. Water may be too hot or cold. There may not be enough hot water. There may also be a gurgling or some other kind of noise when the heater is working. There may also be dripping of water near the heater. You can do some water heater repair jobs yourself at home. Let’s discus the problems one by one.
No hot water
Not getting any hot water from the heater? This is the most serious problem of a water heater. When this happens you must understand that water is not heating at all. Water is flowing out, but it is not hot at all. First you need to see whether the heater runs on gas or electricity. You can easily recognize gas burner water. It will have a vent for the flue gas in the form of a flue gas vent pipe on the top. If you can see this then it is a gas water heater. If you cannot see this then it is probably a electric heater. If it is a gas heater you must see that the gas level is okay. If there is enough gas and yet the water is not heating up, you need to call a specialist electric water heater repair technician or service personnel.
If it is a electric water heater, you must see that the electrical element inside the heater is working. Most commonly this filament gets broken and the heater ceases to work. However, if you are not able to open up the heater, you need to call a electric water heater specialist or technician. If the heating element seems to be alright, there may be some problem with the electric supply. Just check out the plug and taste socket with the help of testers. If it shows live wires, it means the supply is intact. Do check the plug also since it may be loose. Otherwise, call a water heater repair technician.
Not enough hot water
If you cannot get enough hot water even after running the heater for a long time, then it is time to check a number of elements. The heating element in the electric heater may not be producing enough heat or the insulation in the tank may not be working well. If the problem is there from the beginning, you should go for a water heater replacement. If it is a gas heater the gas burner may not be able to produce enough heat or the insulation may not be working well. In both cases scaling inside the tank may be responsible for the heat source not being able to deliver enough heat to the water. You need to cleanse the inside of the tank. You can get chemicals in the market that may help in dissolving the scales for water heater repair.
Gurgling or cracking noise
If scales have developed inside the tank, it may lead to production of gurgling or crackling sound. This happens since the scales don’t expand with the incoming heat, but the metal on which it is deposited expands with heat. This differential may create a cracking or a gurgling noise. If you want to go for water heater repair you need to dissolve the scales with chemicals. If it is occurring within the warranty period you should opt for a water heater replacement.