Tips On Water Heaters In Staten Island
Sooner or later, every homeowner will have to deal with water heater problems. For most things, you will need to call in a local plumber. However, there are some things you can do and look for that may help you solve the issue. At the least, you can learn what may be wrong with the water heater by getting a little advice from our expert Staten Island plumbing contractors. Precise Plumbing & Heating has your plumbing service needs covered, so just call if you need to. Here are some helpful tips from our plumbers about water heaters.
Water Heater Not Producing Enough Hot Water
Check that the water heater thermostat is working. You can do this by running the hot water at the kitchen sink and waiting until it gets as hot as it usually gets. Test the temperature of the water from the faucet with a thermometer. If the temperature isn't as hot as the setting on the thermostat, the thermostat has likely failed. Many electric water heaters in Staten Island have two heating elements inside, so it can't produce hot water as quickly or as hot if one burns out. This can surely happen, but it's best to call in a repair technician because it is an electrical component.
Water Heater Producing No Hot Water
If you're not getting any hot water there are a couple of things you can check before you know for sure you need plumbing repairs. If the water heater is electric, check that it has power. Check for a circuit breaker trip or a blown fuse. If there is an electrical problem, please don't work on the electrical system yourself other than flipping a breaker. There may be other problems going on if the water heater fuse blows out that need to be addressed by an electrician. Otherwise, call us and we'll help you repair your water heater no matter what's going on with it. If you have a gas water heater, check the pilot light. If it's not lit, it should be relighted. If nothing you do works, call us or call if you need us to light your pilot light and service your unit for the year.
Discolored Water & Flakes Coming From The Tank
You may need to clean the hot water heater tank out if the water is colored or there are flakes in it. To check, turn on the hot water and put it in a clear glass. Hold the glass up so sunlight shines through so you can see any floating objects. They may be tiny or large. This is caused by limescale which is present in hard water. Limestone gets heated by the tank and turns into a scaly substance that coats the tank. It causes corrosion and rust, so cleaning out the tank is a must. You need to flush out the water heater tank about once a year if you have hard water. Installing a water softener will help tremendously throughout your plumbing system and appliances. You can call us for water heater maintenance in Staten Island anytime if you don't already have a reliable plumber and we'll be glad to help.