There are several reasons to replace an old or damaged water heater, but what are the reasons you shouldn’t need a replacement?  If you can’t get your water heater to work right, try a couple of these simple fixes that can get it going again.  While these aren’t a guarantee, they are worth a try before you decide that your water heater needs replacing.

Electric Water Heaters

  • Your power could be off! If you aren’t getting power to your water heater, then the problem isn’t the water heater at all.  Once power is reestablished, don’t forget to reset the thermostat.
  • If your water heater seems sluggish and you can’t figure out why it may be because of sediment in your tank. Flush the water heater so you can get the sediment out of your tank.
  • If your water heater is in a cold place, you may need to insulate it to get the proper hot water from it when it’s needed.
  • The thermostat or heating element may need to be replaced. If either one of these goes out, then you may have an issue with your water being cold or just feeling warm.
  • Turn up the temperature on the thermostat to see if that produces hotter water.

Gas Water Heaters

  • Check your pilot light to see if it is lit. Also, check your gas connection to make sure it is connected and doesn’t look damaged.
  • Insulate the pipes that carry the hot water to the rest of your home.
  • Flush your gas hot water heater to remove sediment.
  • The thermocouple may be to blame. If your pilot light goes out, then the thermocouple shuts off the gas.  You can replace it to get gas flowing to your water heater again.
  • Check the thermostat and make sure it is at the appropriate temperature.

Other Reasons You May Not Need a New Water Heater

  • You have a newer water heater. If your water heater is under 8 years old and it is properly maintained, you may just need a simple repair.

Harvey Plumbing in Tyler, TX, is available to help you troubleshoot the problems with your water heater and get your hot water working again!

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