Have you recently realized that the hot water in your home is actually relatively cold now? Are you wondering if you're going to have to replace your water heater now? Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever, and this is especially true of water heaters. No matter how well you care for yours, it only has a limited lifespan. But despite this, it's possible that your water heater doesn't need to be completely replaced. There are several things that may be wrong with your water heater that can be fixed relatively easily by water heater repair services. Some things that may be causing problems include:
Worn-out/corroded heating element: Perhaps one of the most common water heater repair needs is to replace the heating element that heats up the water. If you have a gas water heater, the burner may be corroded over and clogged so that there may be little to no flame. If you have an electric water heater, the heating element may have stopped heating at all due to age. A knowledgeable water heater technician will be able to replace either type of heating mechanism if it is no longer functioning properly, allowing your water heater to work properly once again.
Bad thermostat: In order to determine when the water needs to be heated and when the water is hot enough, the water heater uses a thermostat to sense the temperature. This thermostat can go bad in a variety of ways. Sometimes, it may say that the temperature is higher than it is in reality, sometimes the temperature will register as lower than it really is. Whatever the case, a qualified technician should be able to perform this water heater repair in just a few minutes so that you're able to get hot water once again.
Insufficient water: If your drop in water temperature happened suddenly, this is less likely. But if you moved into a home that already had a too-cool hot water temperature, this could be the cause. It could be that the water valve to the water heater was never fully opened, restricting the amount of water to the point of uselessness. It's also possible that the valve is fully open but a DIY plumbing job in the past was done poorly so that water pressure in the whole system was dropped too low. If this is the case, it may not be a simple water heater repair that's needed. You may have to have a professional plumber inspect the entire system to try to find a solution.