When your water heater breaks, it starts to make a strange sound, such as rumbling, popping, hissing, or humming. First thing you need to do if it is indeed broken is to learn the signs and troubleshoot them. First steps are very important towards getting the right and best repair or what to do if it ends up failing or starting to burst which no one wants that to happen, of course.
Hot water heater, both gas and electric, generally lasts a long time around 10-13 years, if you pay attention and take good care of it. However whether it is electric or gas, you will no longer be able to benefit from all the benefits of hot water heater the moment it faces problems Every now and then, water heater might start leaking near the supply lines which is easy to fix but if it doesn’t get correctly fixed, it can cause damage, not only to surrounding floor or wall but also drive to corrosion and breakdown. The buildup of things, like sediment, internal rust, and excessively high water pressure are some of the known causes of water heater failure while it could also break by improper sizing which causes the water heater to burst unexpectedly.
Having no hot water from the water is a big brother to anyone which means the water heater is not working. The common cause of why it is not working because it lacks power or energy source, gas or electricity, that doesn’t produce enough heat. This can be caused by the faulty thermostat that controls only one side (lower or upper) heating element so it fails to get hot enough water. On the other hand, tripped circuit breaker turns off the system. Switching it back on might turn it on again.
What to do if your water heater is broken?
First and foremost, turning off the water heater is the way to go. Shut the water heater off is you notice any signs that your water heater most likely is about to burst, or if there are any odd noises. Easily twist the dial on the top of the thermostat to turn it off, for the gas water heater. If it’s an electric water heater, try switching the circuit breaker to OFF position and it will turn off.
Not only the water heater, but you also want the water supply to be turned off by turning the water valve on the water heater until it stops. If that way does not work, the alternative is to turn the main water supply of the property off. Attaching a hose should be done to drain the valve at the bottom of the water heater’s tank, run the other end of it to a lower area, open the drain valve. There is a relief valve handle on the heater that needs to be flipped in order to prevent vacuuming while draining the water heater. While draining the water heater, you should be really careful cause the water may be hot. The last step is to drain it and rinse with cold water to flush any remaining sediment or build up.
Doing it at least once a year should be included as water heater maintenance that keeps your water heater working for a long period of time. If it’s broken and you think fixing it yourself is hard work, find a professional to assess the problem in no time. Call the experts at Mr. Splash Hills District Plumbers and book an appointment for any water damage or plumbing services. We are available 24 hours 7 Days with 60 minute response time and guaranteed affordable rates. We focus on customer’s needs and are mindful to repair your problem.