Quick Fixes - Water Heater
Problem: There is no hot water. (Gas Water Heater)
Check the pilot light. If it's out, relight carefully or contact your gas company to have the pilot light re-lit, free of charge. Make sure the gas controls are turned ON, all the way up. Make sure it's connected to the gas control unit. Put it near the pilot flame. Check the thermocouple. Replace if necessary.
Problem: There is no hot water. (Electric Water Heater)
Check the fuse box/circuit breaker. If the water heater repeatedly blows fuses, contact a professional electrician. Push the reset button to test the heating elements and thermostats. Test the heating elements and replace if they aren't not working properly. If these steps don't solve the problem, contact a professional.
Problem: There is not enough hot water. (Gas Water Heater)
Turn up the thermostat. Add insulation around the hot water pipes.
Problem: There is not enough hot water. (Electric Water Heater)
Turn up the thermostat. Contact a qualified professional to have a larger water heater installed.
Problem: The water heater leaks at the flush/drain valve or at the top.
The connection between the valve and the water heater may be loose. Tighten the connection. To avoid future leaks, install a PVC cap over the drain opening.
Problem: Water heater makes a clanking noise.
Drain the water heater to flush out sediment build-up.
Problem: Water heater makes a sizzling sound.
This is completely normal; condensation is dripping onto the burner. Disregard the noise. Your water heater is working properly.
Problem: Water is not hot enough.
Turn up the thermostat a little. If the thermostat is already at its highest setting, drain the water heater.
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