In our homes, water heaters are necessary. They warm the water used for bathing, cleaning, and other purposes. So, if they malfunction, they need to be fixed right away!
A plumbing expert may assess your system, make the following recommendations, and carry out routine maintenance to avoid expensive breakdowns. However, it might be challenging to know when to consult a specialist. Learning more about your system’s operation can be beneficial.
Plumber vs. Electrician for Hot Water Heater Issues
It’s better to call a plumber first if your water heater stops functioning suddenly. Most plumbers are knowledgeable enough to fix the issue and are a little less expensive to call than an electrician. Plumbers can put in the plumbing, heating components, and electric wiring. If the problem is severe or needs the help of an electrician, the plumber will let you know.
When to Call an Electrician
For the following issues, contact an electrician:
- When the circuit breaker trips, the water heater.
- The water heater appears to be overheating.
- Blown fuses are everywhere.
- Apparent frayed wires.
When to Call a Plumber
You should call a plumber if you have any of the following issues:
- The water heater is making strange noises.
- The heater’s water appears to be rusty.
- Low water pressure is present.
- The water isn’t getting warm.
- Water is seeping from pipes.
Causes of Your Water Not Heating
Before calling a plumber, try troubleshooting the issue if your water heater isn’t heating the water. The following are typical causes of lukewarm water:
- The breaker has tripped: This issue may impact electric heaters since the breaker has tripped. Verify that the switch is on by inspecting your electrical panel. You might need to contact an electrician if it keeps tripping.
- The thermostat is incorrect: The thermostat could be easily reset to resolve your hot water issue. Your thermostat can malfunction if the water doesn’t warm up.
- There is a sediment buildup: Minerals like calcium and magnesium can find in the water. The accumulation of certain minerals may harm the heating element. Regularly flush your tank to avoid this from occurring.
- The component is flawed: This won’t be sufficient to thoroughly heat the water if only one side of the element is functioning. It won’t get any hotter than lukewarm. Verify that both components are in good functioning order.
- It’s old and worn out: The lifespan of a water heater is 8 to 12 years. As it ages, the heating element will break down, and the heater won’t heat the water effectively.
- Broken dip tube: Water is provided into the water heater through the dip tube. If the pipe break, the water won’t enter the tank where it may be heated, leaving you with cold baths and showers.
Contact Us for Your Hot Water Heater Needs!
Consider some troubleshooting tips if your water heater isn’t functioning as it should. If none of those things is the issue, then you can call Scott’s Plumbing to get it looked at. We’ll diagnose the problem and make repairs quickly. We’ll also be happy to answer any questions about sizing, installing, or replacing your current heater.