Discussed below is a troubleshooting manual on how to handle a broken heater. If the problem is rectifiable, you should be able to identify it and rectify it in no time. If none of the troubleshooting methods produces anything, then the sad news is that the whole system may have to be replaced with a new one. One way of reducing occurrence of these problems in the future is by having a certified, experienced and trustworthy plumber handle the installation job. Never try to install the system’s projectile by yourself, as it is dangerous and can cause problems in the future. An untrained person can only handle simple installations such as faucets and sump pumps.
Some of the factors that cause the water heater to stop working include:
Insufficient water in the heating chamber: Nothing frightens more than taking a nice warm shower only to be joggled with super cold water. This can however be prevented by counter-checking the systems hot and cold shower links.
Thermostat set too low: If the thermostat is set on a low temperature, then there is no doubt that water dispensed will be cold. If the hot water tap doesn’t produce hot water, then consider checking the thermostat setting to ensure is it set in the correct temperature level.
The water heater is too small: This happens all the time. As the family grows larger, demand for hot water rises. This means you may have to replace the water heater with a much bigger one.
Sediments in the tank: This is a common situation especially if the water supplied is hard. As the water is heated, mineral sediments settle in the bottom forming a layer. The water will therefore, take much longer to heat up. This problem can however be solved by having the water drained at least twice a year. If the mineral deposits have corroded the water heater, it may then be time to find a replacement of the same.
External heat loss: Although a rare scenario, heat can be lost if hot water has to pass through a long channel to its delivery tap. This mostly happens if the distribution pipes aren’t insulated. This situation is very common in commercial buildings especially those sharing a central heating system. This problem can however be solved by ensuring all distribution pipes are properly insulated.
Low gas pressure: A reduction in gas pressure means water isn’t heated properly, hence an intermittent supply of hot water. Readjusting gas pressure to the recommended specs can however rectify this problem. Always check the heater’s specifications before adjusting gas pressure.
Water leakage: Water leakage in the central heating system can cause significant problems in the whole system. Should there be a leakage, have a specialized technician repair the leakage.