If you live in a relatively cold climate (where at least a few months each year require you to wear winter clothing) having a hot water heater installed in your home is a must if you want to take a shower or bath during the morning and at night. Most people even use hot water for washing themselves during the day, not to mention when washing their hands or doing the dishes. In short, hot water is a necessity for most people out there, which is exactly why you need to take good care of your hot water supply system.
Most homes generate hot water through a conventional water heating device, either one powered by gas or electricity. These units are pretty reliable, as most hot water heaters are actually quite simple inside, thus reducing the complexity of the interior mechanicals. Even then, issues occur, which means that a water heater (just as any other machine made by man-kind) can fail to work properly. What you have to do in cases like this is not to panic, but rather to search for the root cause of the issue, attempting to fix it (if possible) or calling in a professional plumber to do it for you.
As most homes out there make use of electric water heaters, let’s concentrate on some of their common issues. One of them happens to be a sudden lack of power, which you will acknowledge once you see that only cold water comes out of the taps and faucets in your home. A heater that fails to switch on signifies a lack of electric power. First of all, make sure that everything is plugged in correctly and that the water itself is switched on. If there is no change in the situation, the problem is something major which requires further attention.
First, turn off the water heater again for safety purposes. Check the heater’s thermostat to see whether it receives electric power. If this does actually happen, this rules out the thermostat from the list of things that may have gone wrong. You are then ready to proceed to the following step.
Hot water may not be sent to your faucets due to the presence of faulty plumbing and leaks occurring through several pipes. If these are easily accessible you can check this yourself, or you can just call a firm that specializes in Auckland plumbing and heating to inspect those areas that you have a hard time checking out by yourself.
Finally, remember to not attempt anything that is beyond your knowledge level and skill. Attempting repairs to heating equipment and electrical devices can cause serious injury if you do not follow proper precautions. Always get an expert’s assistance when things turn out to be too difficult for you to fix by yourself.