A hot water heater provides you with the warm and hot water you need in order to do the things necessary around your home such as proper washing and bathing, as well as cleaning. If you aren't being given hot water, boiling it is your next option, although this is not ideal when you're getting ready for work in the morning, or need to wash your clothing. If your hot water heater isn't giving you any hot water, it's time to have it inspected and repaired as required. Read on for a few things you may be able to do to repair your hot water heater.
Check For Gas
Make sure hot water heater has gas going to it and that you don't have any leaks. If you have a gas leak, you need to get out of your home immediately and call for assistance from your local gas company. If your gas line was turned off for some reason, you need to turn it back on in order to get the heat portion of your hot water heater working properly so it can heat up your water. If you don't have a leak and the gas line was turned on, and you can see that there is a flame in the hot water heater, then you have some other problem that needs to be repaired.
Clean The Heating Element/Burner
The heating element in your hot water heater may be covered with too much debris which is causing an issue with heating the water inside the water tank. If the heating element is blocked with too much debris, the heat cannot get to the water properly. You need to clean this heating element, which can be a bit of a task to handle on your own. To do this, you'll have to shut off the water and the gas to the unit. Then drain the water from the tank and use a shop vacuum on the drain opening to suck out the debris covering the element. This may take some time to do, and you may want to allow a professional plumber to handle this task for you.
If you have issues with your hot water heater and it isn't that old, it may just need a minor repair. Hire a professional plumber to inspect your tank and repair it as needed, or have it replaced altogether if necessary.
To learn more, contact a company like Alexander Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, CO, INC.