Think about how life was 50 or so years before. In order to get hot water, people had to physically heat water. If they wanted to bathe in a tub, they’d need to make several trips to and from the bathroom before the tub is filled. Then came heaters. Gas heaters were relatively more energy-efficient than the electric ones, but technological developments in the past few years certainly changed all these.
Gas heaters were often the unit of choice back then because these were known to be more energy efficient. Nowadays, electric heaters have gone through their own evolution and now use reasonable quantities of energy. Manufacturers are looking for ways to upgrade previous models, which is why technicians are always on the lookout for the latest developments. While these professionals can help with the repairs, it’s also prudent for you to understand how your heater works in order to troubleshoot or repair your electric water heater.
Facts about Your Electric Water Heater
While electric heaters have become more popular than their gas counterparts, you need to know its benefits and drawbacks in order to see which type suits your lifestyle best. Here are some helpful facts you should know:
Electric water heaters don’t come in one type. You’ll have to choose from different sizes and types. Of course, this will depend on your lifestyle and the size of your home. If you live in a small space, a 6-gallon tank is enough. On the other hand, if you come from a rather large family living in a household with several bathrooms, the 100-gallon electric heater will be better suited for you. There are also the Tankless heaters for those who live alone or in one-room apartments. While the tankless versions are more expensive, these are also a lot more energy efficient. The heater doesn’t need to constantly heat its supply, which also means that it goes through less wear and tear. These generally outlast the tanked models and can serve you for around 20 years or so. Installing them will be easy as well because you already have electrical circuits in your home. The only problem with this is the fact that it takes a while to heat water.
Troubleshooting Your Electric Water Heater
While waiting for the plumber or the repairman to arrive, here are some things you can do should your electric water heater unexpectedly breaks down:
If the water temperature doesn’t change, check the fuse box or circuit breaker and the connections. If you don’t see anything wrong, look for the heating element and make sure it’s free of lime deposits. The element can break down because of high voltage. On the other hand, if you don’t get supply of hot water, consider the size of the tank. Or, the issue could be with the faulty thermostat or insulation.
When hot water is slow to recover, this is often a sign of sediment buildup. Install water softener or clean the tank. Just be mindful of the copper sheath. Look into the hot water line as well and see to it that the dip tube is properly placed.
As for a noisy tank, this may again be lime buildup. Have your tank cleaned at least twice a year for proper maintenance.