Having hot water is one of the most vital resources a homeowner can have. Taking showers, doing dishes, and washing clothes all require this valuable commodity.

Water heaters can malfunction at any time with no warning. Learning to troubleshoot problems with your water heater can be a lifesaver.

If you’re unfamiliar with how to navigate your water heaters system, it’s okay. We’ve got a guide on learning how to fix your water heater. 

Troubleshooting Your Water Heater

Listed below are some of the most common problems you can encounter with your water heater. Keep reading to find out simple solutions for these problems.

Thermostat Issues

If the water in your sink or tub is too hot or too cold, there could be a thermostat problem. Testing the thermostat with a voltage meter can let you know if the component is faulty.

Dripping Valves

Does the hot water in your home not last long enough? This could be a problem with dripping valves or fixtures.

Use a wrench and check all the connections on the pipes and hoses around the water heater. Ensure everything is tight and locked correctly.

Puddles Under the Water Heater

You may have found a puddle of water under the heater unit. Is it a leak or just condensation?

If you’ve recently installed a new water heater, condensation is present on many newer models. Monitor your water heater as it turns on.

Condensation tends to build up after the first few minutes a water heater turns on. Approximately one half-gallon of vapor can form from the unit powering on. 

Winterising

Is your water heater freezing when the temperatures get cold outside? Frozen water heaters can cause severe malfunctions. 

The heater may require extra insulation around the main unit. If this doesn’t seem to help, consider purchasing insulation for your pipes. 

Recognise and Diagnose

Pay attention to how your water heater functions. Get familiar with the noises it makes and the cycles it goes through. This ensures your ability to notice small changes that could lead to bigger problems later. 

 

If you simply can’t fix it yourself, consider investing in a brand new water heater from your local plumber.