An FAQ On Water Heaters
You should have a basic understanding of all the things in your home. While you may not have a good grasp on how everything works, knowing how to spot problems with the various systems throughout your home can prove to save you money, and it can even help you to spot potential safety risks and this is very important for everyone in your home. One thing to learn more about is your water heater. Here are some clear answers to a few of the questions people tend to have about their water heaters.
What do I do if my pilot light goes out?
If you ran out of hot water and checked your gas water heater to find that the pilot light is out, then you can try to fix the problem yourself. It's easiest to use a barbecue lighter, as some pilot lights aren't all that easy to reach with smaller lighters. If you don't like this idea, you can have someone come out to light it for you.
Why don't I have less hot water than I use to have?
There can be many reasons why you aren't getting as much hot water from your water heater as you use to get. One of the first things you want to do is check the thermostat and make sure someone else didn't turn it down. If so, then put it back up to the temperature you want. If you have a gas water heater, then the thermostat may have gone out. You may have a lot of sediment in the water heater that needs to be drained out. Your water heater may have major issues that need repairing or it may need full replacement.
Why is there water around my water heater?
If you are finding water around your water heater and there aren't any leak issues coming from other nearby plumbing fixtures, then it is the water heater that is leaking. This is a serious problem because if the leak gets worse, then you can end up with a flood in your home that can cause water damage, mold growth, etc.
The water heater can be leaking from the top, bottom, or even from one of the pipes. If you have water that is coming from the bottom part of the water heater, then this likely means you have a crack in the tank, and it will more than likely need to be replaced. If you have water coming from the top, then this can mean that a valve or a fitting is leaking and it will need to be replaced. If there is water leaking from the pipes, then this will also require a repair. No matter what the issue is, any leaks coming from the water heater or the plumbing should be repaired.
Anytime you have water heater issues that perplex you or that seem like something just isn't right, you should have a water heater repair technician look at it.