Electric water heaters work nonstop to keep our families warm during the winter months. Imagine getting splashed by cold water first thing in the morning. This instance will surely ruin the rest of your day. This is why it is imperative to have even the slightest knowledge when it comes maintaining electric water heater for those rare occasions when our water heaters do break down.
The usual problems most electric water heater owners encounter are:
- No hot water at all
- The water is too hot
- Not enough hot water being produced
- The slow recovery of hot water
Most of the repair costs are relatively low for these problems. If your water heater is not producing any hot water at all, there are three things you should check.
Power is supplied to the water heater.
Sometimes, it may all be a matter of a mistakenly unplugged outlet. Check if there is enough power being supplied to your water heater and make sure that the outlet is being used exclusively by the water heater as it uses too much energy.
The upper heating element.
With the use of a multi-meter, you may check if the upper heating element is faulty or is grounded.
Also using a multi-meter, you may check if the thermostat is faulty or is grounded.
If there isn’t enough hot water being produced by your water heater, read on and do these steps:
Adjust thermostat settings accordingly.
If the water is too hot, crank the thermostat to a lower setting. Subsequently, if there is not enough hot water, crank it to a higher setting and see if that works.
Size does matter.
If you have a large family, it could be that the water heater that you have is ill-equipped to handle the demands of your large family. A larger and heavy-duty water heater replacement should be in order.
Check for loose/disconnected wiring.
Insufficient power supplied to your water heater could be the source of your problems.
The upper heating element/thermostat.
Use the same procedure above, check for grounded components.
If you notice that your water heater is leaking, drop everything and check all openings for leaks. If the water tank is leaking, replace the water heater as soon as possible to avoid potentially dangerous and disastrous circumstances.
When you’ve tried all of the tips and steps listed above and your water heater problems continue to exist, it would be wise to contact an Arlington electrician to inspect the situation. Always practice extreme caution. Electric water heaters have enough voltage to knock you out or even deliver a fatal shock.