Hot water is a luxury that’s often taken for granted. Think about all the different ways you use hot water-- washing dishes, laundering linens, showering, mopping etc. If your household water heater goes kaput, you wind up remembering just how important and valuable your water heater is to your daily routine and lifestyle.
There are a couple different types of water heaters-- electric and fuel, or gas. Each works a little differently, yet both serve the same functions including:
- Heating water, and
- Storing heated water until it’s ready to use
The most common interruption, or damage, of either water heater, is its thermostat. If the thermostat breaks, you won’t be able to gauge or set the temperature of your hot water. Maintaining the integrity of the thermostat is important for keeping your water from reaching scalding temperatures.
How to Repair a Water Heater’s Thermostat-- Step by Step
The thermostat regulates the temperature of the water in the water heater. If the temperature is set too low, then the water will cool prior to getting to the faucet; likewise, if the temperature is set too high, then you could risk burning or scalding water temperature released from the faucet.
For Sacramento residents, adjusting the temperature is fairly simple.
1. Locate your water heater’s temperature control knob
- The temperature control knob is connected to its heat source which is typically red and located on the front, lower center portion of the heater.
2. Look for the small black line or arrow above the knob that is where the current temperature is se the setting may be labeled “warm” or “hot”
- This can also be labeled by a black line (120 degrees) or a white line (105- 110 degrees)
If you are experiencing no hot water:
- Locate the upper and lower thermostats
- Check both thermostats for power supply
- Press the button to reset the thermostat to determine whether it will or won’t operate
- Replace thermostat if there is no power to the upper system
- If your upper system is receiving power, but there is no hot water, then replace the upper heating element
Repair or Replace?
The most common damages you’ll notice with your water heater stem from tank wear or rust. If your tank is leaking, then you will likely have to replace it rather than repair it, since there is no adequate repair for a failing tank and cause harmful water damage, such as mold-breeding fungi. There are also a few other components to water heaters that may be damaged or broken, including:
- The drain valve
- The cold water inlet
- A sacrificial anode rod
- A dip tube
- A pressure relief valve
How do you know whether to repair or replace your water heater? Generally, if it’s not a leak, then the damage is manageable and can typically be easily repaired. If you are having trouble with your water heater in the Sacramento area, then contact your local expert to determine if it should be replaced or repaired.