Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
Electric water heaters are among the most modern and effective heaters for warming up the water in your home. However, there are some problems you might experience over time. The following three problems are the most common that tend to occur. It helps to know not only what causes them, but the potential repairs you might need.
No Hot Water
There may come a time when you turn on a faucet or the shower in your home, and no hot water comes out. If you have had it running for several minutes and still only get cold water, it is time to head to the water heater. Start by making sure the electric heater is turned on, as it might have accidentally been turned off by someone else. Next, check your circuit panel to be sure the circuit breaker or fuse wasn't tripped. You may also find that the thermostat connected to your water heater is not working, which can prevent it from sending hot water through the pipes in your home.
If you are not having a problem with any of these elements, call a plumber to check the upper heating element. It might be faulty and need to be replaced.
The Water is Too Hot
Another water-related issue is that the water is too hot. You might turn on your kitchen faucet to wash dishes, and even though you only turn it to the warm setting, the water comes out scalding. Since this can burn your hands, it is important to get it fixed right away. The main cause of water being too hot is having the thermostat set too high, so this is the first thing to check. If the temperature is set correctly, call a plumber because they might need to repair or replace the thermostat if it is failing.
Water is Leaking
The last common problem you may experience with your electric heater is having a water leak. If you are near your water heater and notice a puddle of water near its base, this could be from a leak in the tank, connection leak, or leaking valves. The temperature and pressure relief valve is located underneath the overflow pipe. You can try opening it and flushing it, to make sure no debris is clogging it. If you do this and there is still a water leak, check the plumbing connection next. There is a possibility that the plumbing connections have a leak. If the water tank itself is leaking, it is likely due to corrosion, so repairing it might be necessary.
Talk to experts like Drain-A-Way Inc for more information.