Do you sometimes wonder if you know all you need to know about your water heater to keep it functioning effectively? Do you know what to do the next time you suddenly find that there’s no hot water or if the temperature is not at your desired range anymore. Having your water system professionally serviced is ideal, especially if you’re no handyman, but, if time’s of the essence, knowing a few basics about your water heater could be useful. The basic components of a water heater are the thermostat, the vent and the pressure relief valve.

If you find water leaking but the temperature is fine, then the valve that may need replacement. Other possible causes of problems may include a rusty tank. In some instances, such as hearing a noise, the tank may simply need to be drained, flushed and refilled. A common and undesirable problem would be dirty hot water coming out of your heating device. Smelly hot water can be traced to impurities such as bacteria forming. In this case, you may need to be flush the tank with chlorine water, or the aluminum anode rod may have to be replaced.

You will first need to determine if your water heater can be repaired or will have to be replaced. Proper care and regular servicing is actually a must to prevent the heater from conking out or malfunctioning. At least once every 3 to 6 months, either you or your professional plumber drain the tank of water to prevent sediment from building up underneath it. Before draining, though, don’t forget to turn off the heater and close the water intake.

The extent of  repair needed would also depend on the type of device you have. There’s the storage tank and there’s the tankless type. Problems with the tankless type may be a rare occurrence. Nonetheless, a periodic maintenance is advisable. It would also be helpful to read about troubleshooting tips. If you’re simply wary about replacing the heating element, much less siphoning the water out of the heater, then there’s really no option but to get professional help.

When dealing with the repairman, it’s still very important to be in the know. Find out how much it’ll actually cost to replace your water heater, and how long you’ll be able to use the device when fixed. Water heater repairs will also depend on the specific type and model and the overall quality and the installation of the device. A professional plumber can help you determine what will best serve  your needs.

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