Misdiagnosing Water Heater Issues

Misdiagnosing Water Heater Issues

Your friends at Just Water Heaters are your local professionals for water heater installations, replacements, and repairs, but our mission is bigger than just providing our quality service. Our intention is to ensure that our community has access to safe, hot water. Though we are always ready to dispatch a technician to your location and take care of any repair, we are also here to answer any questions and provide tips and guides. In fact, this article is put together to save you some time and money by diagnosing water heater issues on your own. Misdiagnosing issues can be costly, so here are some situations where the problem is actually other than the water heater itself.

A Tripped Circuit Breaker

If you have an electric water heater, then the water is heated by electric heating elements. To no surprise, an electric water heater requires electricity to work. If you are not getting hot water from your electric water heater, then check the circuit breaker before you rush to call the professionals at Just Water Heaters. There are many reasons why the circuit breaker may have tripped. Switch the circuit breaker back on and see if this fixes the problem. If the circuit breaker trips again shortly after you switched it back on, then stop! Do not keep flicking the breaker back on. A circuit breaker that is constantly tripping is an indication of an actual problem.

A Faulty Mixing Valve

A faulty mixing valve on a faucet is one of the leading misdiagnoses. Faucets come with mixing valves that blend hot and cold water to achieve the desired temperature. If the mixing valve is not working as it should, then you might not be getting the heated water that you want. Before you assume there is a problem with the water heater, check the other faucets in your building. If the other faucets are working just fine, then you should address the faulty mixing valve rather than calling for a water heater repair. Calling a full-service plumber can save you time and money in this situation.

Plumbing Leaks

Noticing a pool of water around the water heater is certainly going to cause concern for many homeowners and business owners, but that leak does not necessarily mean that the water heater is damaged, faulty, or broken. The pool of water can be from a leaky pipe near the water heater or a slab leak. It’s certainly difficult to diagnose this issue without a technician, but there are a couple of tips we have. Check to see if there is any water in the water heater’s pan. If the water is not in the pan, then the problem is likely not with the water heater. Another place to check is the wall behind the water heater. If the wall is wet, then the problem is probably not with the water heater.

Call the Professionals

Just Water Heaters is always happy to take your call and answer any questions or address your concerns. We can schedule a flexible appointment and our qualified technicians are ready to dispatch for emergency situations.