4 Easy Solutions to Hot Water System Emergency Problems
It is never an easy predicament to bathe in very cold water only because your water heater has just been spifflicated and you don’t know how to fix its problem. You should know what to do.
Although most common serious problems hot water systems encounter must be referred to a plumbing professional, it is always an advantage on your part if you know how to deal with it already.
The common emergency problems of water heaters include the leakage, water that remains cold, waterless tap, and strange noises. Here are the effortless ways to kick off the start of solving these problems.
If the tank is leaking…
Call your neighbourhood plumber. This problem is not something you may be able to solve on your own. However, you have to do something before the plumbing professional arrives.
First, to avoid useless electrical or gasoline expenses, shut down your hot water system immediately after realizing the problem.
If it’s an electric hot water heater, switch off your house’s switchboard first. You will then have to check where the water is coming from and switch that valve closed.
If it’s a gas system, turn the gas off. Turn the gas cock to shut it off, as it looks like a small tap.
If the water comes from the temperature and pressure valve, also known as T&P valve, turn off the water cock to reduce the flow, before spending time to call the neighbourhood plumber.
If water remains cold…
Do not panic. A water that remains cold despite long hours of being supposedly heated in the storage tank does not always mean there’s damage in the hot water system. Here’s what to do to figure out if the problem can be solved by you or only by your neighbourhood plumbing specialist.
If you’re using gas instead of electricity, check other home appliances relying on the same source of energy such as a cooktop. If the cooktop is also not working, call your gas supplier. If it does work, call a plumber.
For electricity-powered systems, check if the circuit breaker has been tripped. You may either reset the circuit breaker or replace the fuse, then try to turn the water heater again. Also take heed of the pace of movement on your electricity meter. Is it still increasing in pace, but the water remains cold as it is? That’s the time you have to call for a plumber.
If water does not flow…
No matter how hard you try turning the tap on and off and on, again and again, no water seems to flow out of it. What to do?
Check all other hot taps you have in the house to know if the problem is experienced only by a single tap. Also check if the cold tap is working, for you to know if the problem is isolated only to those that pass through the hot water system.
If all hot and cold taps have the problem, better contact the water supplier. If it’s otherwise, it’s always best to call for a plumbing professional.
If the tank squeals and hurts your ears…
This is a sign of something messy in the tank. Among other possible reason, though, is the most common problem with sediment build up.
If there’s a noise, then there’s possibly a sediment build up. If there’s sediment accumulating inside, this can be fixed occasionally by flushing the tank. If the problem persists, this may have to need a plumbing professional’s expert hands.
Now that you’re done getting to know the steps you also need to partake to figure out these problems and lead their way to efficient solutions to a plumber, you’re off to go.