Does your water heater randomly stop doing its job? There are several reasons why this might be happening, but you first need to understand the basics of how your water heater operates.
Two Types of Water Heater
Before we discuss why your water heater is turning off, let’s at some differences between the two primary types.
Gas water heater
A gas water heater works by employing a “rising heat” technique. You probably know that hot air rises. In simple terms, gas water heaters heat cold water from the bottom and then sends that water to the top of the tank, where it is removed and utilized as needed.
Electric water heater
Electric water heaters work much the same way as gas water heaters. However, they employ the use of electric heaters located inside the tank, rather than a gas heater located at the bottom of the tank. The warm water still rises to the top, while the cold water remains at the bottom for heating.
Signs Your Water Heater Is Not Working
How can you tell if your water heater is malfunctioning? In addition to the obvious problem of no hot water, these signs can also indicate a faulty heater.
1. Water takes a long time to reheat
If your water heater runs out of hot water quickly or the hot water takes a long time to return, there is probably a deeper problem somewhere in the system.
2. Water is too hot
Did you know that cold water isn’t the only problem produced by a faulty water heater? Excessively hot water also indicates a need for water heater repair.
3. Water comes out dirty or rust-colored
Corrosion occurring on the anode rod or tank will produce dirty water. Unchecked corrosion can cause a lot of problems, so if you notice dirty water coming from your tap, look into it immediately.
4. Water heater is producing strange noises
Uncommon noises usually mean there is some sort of build-up in your water tank. It is best to inspect this as soon as possible.
Reasons Your Water Heater Might Be Turning Off
So, why is your water heater turning off? It could be any one of the following reasons.
- Faulty thermocouple
- Dirt buildup
- Electrical glitches
- Faulty heating coil
In any of these cases, the best thing you can do is to quickly call a professional.
How Else Can You Prevent Water Heater Problems?
1. Keep your eyes and ears open.
Pay attention to any unusual sounds, smells, or mishaps occurring in your water heater.
2. Perform regular inspections.
Personally investigate your systems and appliances to ensure they are operating smoothly.
3. Schedule professional maintenance.
Have your water heater examined by a professional along with your HVAC system.
If you have any further questions, contact Indoor Air Quality today. We serve homeowners in Highlands Ranch and throughout the Denver Metro Area. Our highest priority is the comfort of your home.