Not having hot water coming out of your faucets can be extremely frustrating. Many factors could cause the problem. Fortunately, Ellens & Sons Plumbing & Gas is always a call away whenever you need emergency hot water tank repair in Chilliwack. We have the knowledge and experience to handle all kinds of water heater problems.
How do I troubleshoot a hot water tank or heater problems?
Hot water tank problems can be difficult to troubleshoot. This is a task best left to professionals such as the experienced technicians at Ellens & Sons Plumbing & Gas. The first thing to determine when troubleshooting hot water tank problems is whether the water heater is gas or electric.
Gas and electric water heaters work differently. The main difference between the two types of heaters is a gas heater features a flue. The flue is a round chimney pipe whose primary function is to vent exhaust fumes. Water heaters with flues typically burn gas or other combustion fuels, including propane. In addition, gas water heaters feature gas pipes, pilot lights, and burners at the bottom. The burner is usually located behind a small viewing door or metal access panel. When the gas burner is one, you will see a flame past the viewing door.
On the other hand, electric water heaters do not produce combustion gasses. Therefore, they do not have flues at the top. However, electric heaters feature electrical cables or conduits that connect them to an electrical panel. In addition, an electric heater may have one or two thermostats on the side of the hot water tank.
No Hot Water
Problems with your hot water tank may cause you to have no hot water anywhere in your house. The leading cause of this problem is a gas burner or heating element that stopped producing heat. Check all the faucets and fixtures in your house to determine if they have hot water. If one or more of the fixtures have hot water, then the problem could be caused by something else.
What causes a gas water heater to stop working?
A common cause of a gas water heater that stopped heating is a pilot light that has gone out. Various factors may cause the pilot light to go out, including problems with the thermocouple, gas supply, or gas valve.
The experienced technicians at Ellens & Sons Plumbing & Gas can troubleshoot your gas water heater and determine the exact cause of the problem. These technicians have excellent knowledge of gas and electric water heaters. In addition, they have been trained to resolve gas and electric water tank issues safely and efficiently.
Relighting the pilot light
Your hot water tank may not be working because the pilot light is off. The technicians at Ellens & Sons Plumbing & Gas use various techniques to relight the pilot light. This type of repair should be handled by a professional to avoid accidents. Multiple factors may cause the pilot light not to relight, including air in the gas line and a damaged thermocouple.
Ellens & Sons Plumbing & Gas has been providing hot water tank repair to residents of Chilliwack and surrounding municipalities for many years. Please call us for emergency hot water tank repair.