Have you ever stepped into the shower in the morning, half-awake and groggy, only to be surprised by freezing water flowing from your showerhead? Running out of hot water can be an unpleasant start to your morning, especially when it jolts you awake after a pleasant slumber. Generally, a professional plumber is the best person to conduct water heater repair in Fresno, but before you call our pros at Roto-Rooter, you may want to check a few things yourself. Here are a few quick do-it-yourself water heater repair tips, which can save you money.
Before you call a pro for water heater repair in Fresno, it can be good to check on a few things yourself. One of the most common causes of low water temperature is that the thermostat on the water heater is set too low. If your water is running cooler than you’d like, especially if there has been a sudden drop in temperature outside your home, you may need to raise the thermostat on your water heater. Be careful that you do not raise it too high because you can increase your chances of getting a burn from your shower, bath, or faucets. It’s especially important not to raise the temperature too high if you have children. Children’s skin is more susceptible to burns because it is thinner than the skin of adults.
If your water heater still isn’t working properly after a thermostat adjustment, you may need to drain and flush it of sediment build up. Hard water (water with minerals) can leave deposits in your water heater, which build up over time and cause issues. It’s easy to flush your water heater by yourself, without the help of professional water heater repair. However, there are some important things to consider if you plan to do it yourself. First, it is essential that you turn off the power supply to your water heater. Water heaters take 240 volts of electricity and the shock can be fatal. Once you have turned off the power to your water heater, you’re ready to get started in the draining process. First, turn off the water supply to the water heater. For a gas water heater, turn the thermostat to the pilot setting. On an electric water heater, you can just flip it off in the breaker box. Next, you need to go into the bathroom and turn on the hot water in the sink. This prevents a vacuum from forming in your water lines. Then open the valve on your water heater. After the water has drained, you can turn the water supply back on. Allow the water to flow from the valve until it becomes clear. Close the valve and then follow the manufacturer’s instructions to test the pressure-release valve. Turn the power supply back on and you’re good to go!
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