How to Troubleshoot your Water Heater


Water Heater is an important appliance for everyone to get hot water during winter days. If it gets repaired suddenly, then you might think that you have been trapped in some place like Switzerland. The only appliance which helps to keep your water hot is nothing but the water heater. It helps the water to circulate inside non ventilated area. If you are in emergency condition, then you may not able to call your repairman too. Hence it is better to know some ways to repair by yourself. It is also a sort of money savings.

  • The following tips will help to find a repair man in you. First you have to check all the available heater controls in your home. It includes your heater’s remote control and the switch. Then verify the mobility of the switch. Check if it is turning smoothly as it did before. If it is not working as before then the problem occurs due to your switch. Then you can call a professional to repair it. Because you may broke the switch into pieces. Also try for the working of remote control. Batteries may be the reason for their condition if they are not working. Just replace the batteries and make a test to it again. If the batteries are not the problem then you have to open the remote control to repair it.

  • In some cases both of your heater and light may not work properly. You can just verify the connections given to them. Before going to troubleshoot switch off your fan or else switch off your home completely for better options. See for any loose connections and use electric tape to cover it up.
  • For power supply problems check for the working of black wire, because it connects the motor with the heater. If it is not connected properly then there will no power supply to heater.
  • Sometime your heater will work properly but it will turn slowly. Then check for the capacitor in it. Some heaters have split capacitor motor permanently. If they get older they will heat slowly and this may be the reason for that.
  • Then check for wobbles and there is any weird vibration. If there is vibration it might have been occurred due to a slower motor. It will results in slow running of water heater due to its unbalanced heating proportion.
  • There may be bacterial accumulation in your water tank due to the presence of sulfur content. If it is present in your tank water, then you will get rotten eggs smell in your heated water. Treat your water tank with chlorine tablets if it is your problem.
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About the Author: Jason Prickett loves to write about home maintenance and stuff you can do yourself instead of hiring any professional. His step by step guides will assist you in completing your home maintenance tasks.

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