Life Hacks for Your Electric Water Heater
Electric water heaters are less daunting than gas tanks, but they can still be intimidating to troubleshoot. Read more for troubleshooting tips to “hack” your electric hot water heater experience.
Disclaimer: Only a licensed technician should perform repairs on electric wiring and components.
No Hot Water Hack:
Similar to troubleshooting gas issues, the first step is to make sure that you have paid your hydro bill to date. Next, check the electric breaker panel. Your panel should be adequately labeled to indicate which switch controls the water heater. Flip sure the breaker switch to the ‘ON’ position to get your water heater fired up again!
If your water heater breaker switch is on and there is still no hot water, you may have a problem with the thermostat or elements.
The thermostat regulates the temperature of water in your tank and unfortunately these parts can fail. It is recommended to have your water heater set at 120° degrees F for water safety. If your water heater thermostat needs to be set higher than 140° degrees F to provide hot or even lukewarm water, this is a sign that the thermostat- or possibly your tank if it is old- may need to be replaced. Read more about water heater temperature in this blog.
Water heater elements can fizzle out over time, especially if they have to work hard to provide hot water. This would be the case in situations where a hot water tank is undersized for the home, when one element is already burned out, or when the tank’s maintenance has been neglected. Call your plumbing professional to troubleshoot your electric water heater and let them know that you have checked the breaker to ensure it is on.
Pro Tip: Have your water heater brand, model and serial number on hand so they can check for parts warranty validation.
Like this? Share this!