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Water Heater Troubleshooting

Water heaters, like all modern appliances, make our lives easier. Well, they make our lives easier until they decide to go on the fritz like curly hair in humid weather. So, unless you are particularly fond of cold showers, you will need to go through certain troubleshooting steps to get to the root of your problem.

Water Heater Trouble Shooting: No Hot Water

Now, there is a difference between having a little hot water and having no hot water. If it is the latter, make sure the pilot is lit (assuming you have a gas water heater). You can’t make an omelet without cracking a few eggs, and you can’t have hot water without lighting a pilot. Well, I guess you could, but who wants to heat water on a stove or in the sun and drag it into the bathroom?

Water Heater Trouble Shooting: Not Enough Hot Water

Sure, you can feel that the water is not exactly ice cold, but “not exactly ice cold” will not exactly cut it for most people. A shower that isn’t hot enough is like coffee or tea that isn’t hot enough. There is any number of reasons for the former happening. It could be the result of sediment build-up. This build-up makes the heater work harder and diverts its resources away from heating water. Of course, you may need to adjust the thermostat, get a larger water heater, or replace the gas control valve.

Water Heater Trouble Shooting: Too Much Hot Water

Conversely, the opposite problem could be occurring. Just like there is a sweet spot for coffee and tea temperature (getting scalded isn’t much better than having cold coffee or tea), the water can be too hot. This can be fixed through such things as adjusting the thermostat and replacing the gas control valve.