No or Limited Hot Water From an Everett Water Heater

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Gas Water Heater Repair Everett, Tankless Water Heater Repair Everett, Water Heater Repair Everett WA

Let’s break the topic down in two different categories: having NO hot water and having LIMITED hot water.

Everett Water Heater Repair Causes For Having No Hot Water At All

Water Heater Repair Everett WA proposes that when dealing with NO hot water, the cause could be one of the following four problems:

A Bad Pilot LightWater Heater Repair Everett WA
This is the simplest of the four to have serviced. First, ensure the pilot light remains lit. You may have to take a look at the owners manual (sorry fellas but instructions are sometimes the best bet) to determine where it’s located; it seems, nowadays, manufacturers have the tendency to hide them. You may also want to check the owners manual to check the manufacturers directions for relighting the pilot light if it is in fact, off.

Gas Line Leak
Gas water heaters can get leaks in the gas line. If you have an electric water heater, clearly you can disregard this as a possibility. Some people have trouble smelling gas while others are hyper sensitive to it, like my mother. Often, the smell is much like that of rotten eggs. If you are smelling gas it is critical that you turn the gas line off and call the gas or plumbing company if you don’t live in Water Heater Repair Everett’s service area. This is a serious problem and calls for urgent attention!

A Bad Thermostat
This may be the reason for NO or LIMITED hot water. The steps are the same in either case. Make certain the thermostat dial settings have not been adjusted. Our water heater is located in the garage and the curious fingers of twin youngsters like to go exploring sometimes. If the thermostat is set properly, try bumping it up just a smidge to see if that does the trick. If there is no change you may have to replace the thermostat because as time passes they do wear.

A Bad Thermocouple
The thermocouple and pilot light work together for gas water heaters as safety precautions. The pilot light is vital because if it burns out, the gas will not turn on. This is not a difficult fix though. When the thermocouple begins to wear out, it sends the same message to the gas valve as the pilot light. When this happens the gas burner will not light and the pilot light actually does go out.

There is a heating element inside electrical water heaters that conducts the electrical current that heats the water. These can also wear out and will lead to reduced hot water and no hot water if it goes unrepaired for a long period of time.

Water Heater Repair Causes For Not Enough Hot Water

Sediment BuildupHot Water Heater Repair Everett WA
Sediment from the water can gather in the tank if it is not being flushed regularly: think around once a year. This can cause a reduction of hot water or even popping or banging noises stemming from the storage tank. Ordinarily, regular flushing can cure and prevent this challenge. If the water is overly hard, try using a water softener.

Other Possibilities
There may be an issue with the flame from the burner. Please ensure the area around and underneath the water heater stays clean from dirt. The water heater pulls air up from underneath for the burner. Natural gas flames will burn bright blue with a yellow tip, while propane flames are more bluish green.

From time to time the water tank might be too small for the demand of hot water. However, if this is a recent problem and your water heating needs have not dramatically changed there is probably something else happening.

Although unlikely from most Everett plumbing providers, if there has been any recent work done on the tank there could have been an issue with how things were repaired or perhaps a bump of the thermostat dial settings.

Hot water is something a Everett homeowner should not have to be without. There are several other potential problems and solutions if the above list did not help that Hot Water Heater Repair Everett WA would be more than happy to assist you with!