There can be many reasons that your hot water heater quits working; it can be a damaged heater element, thermostat, damaged/leaky valves, the water tank is damaged, or it could just be inefficient for your needs. This means you need to call for a professional hot water repairs Perth. Before a professional undertakes the repairs they will turn off the fuse or circuit breaker that is powering the hot water heater. They will also remind everyone in the house it is off and not to turn it back on. This is because there is a risk of a serious electric shock if they are not fixed properly. Here is a look at the three areas, thermostat, valves and element.
While a lot of plumbers are experienced with all kinds of system you should have your hot water heater service manual out for them to use it as a reference. It is also where they can record their latest work. To find the thermostat, they may need to remove the heater’s excess panel. They will then take the wires on the thermostat to check to see if there is continuity. This is also where the service manual comes in handy; to locate the thermostat terminals. The professional plumber will use a multitester to see what the resistance is. They touch the tester probes to the thermostat terminals. If the reading is zero, they will need to replace the thermostat.
When checking the valves the expert will check both the drain and relief valves for any damage or leaks. There will be a spring lever in the relief valve that can be lifted to check the water flow. If the relief valve only lets a few drips out or does not spew water they will need to replace it. When checking the drain valve they will look for any damage or leaks. When repairing the leaks, they use a wrench to remove them will make sure that if there is any pipe tape on the threads that it is removed. Then they will wrap new pipe tape on the threads at least three times. Before replacing the new valves, they will first have to drain the whole hot water tank. After this is done, they take out the valve and install the new one.
To get to the heating element the professional will have to remove the access panel. Then they will also have to detach the wires from the heating element so they can use the multitester to see if it is working. One of the probes should be on the terminal screw and one on the mounting bolt of the heating element. If they get a zero reading, they will replace the heating element. Again, they will have to drain the entire tank. They remove the heating element by detaching the mounting bolts and replace any installation gaskets. The manual is there to help ensure it is done correctly.
If your hot water heater is just inefficient for your needs you can have hot water installation Perth specialists install a new one for you!