John the Plumber, a Kansas City, Missouri-based residential and commercial plumbing services company boasting more than 30 years of experience, has been hard at work preparing customers for common water heater repair issues they may face, educating them along the way about everything from odd noises to leaks, little to no hot water, rusty water and other typical problems.
Unlike tankless water heaters, say JTP representatives, standard tank-style water heaters use an insulated storage tank that holds anywhere from 30 to 80 gallons of water at all times. And while water heaters are generally very reliable, they occasionally exhibit problems such as little to no hot water delivery, rusty or odor-laden water, odd noises and even leaks. To this end, JTP staff has been advising customers that if they need to inspect their water heater or make any kind of repairs, they should make sure, first and foremost, to turn off the power and/or gas supply.
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“Power to an electric water heater can be turned off by switching off the circuit breaker or removing the fuse on the water heater circuit in a home’s breaker box or fuse panel,” explains John W. Hunt, owner of JTP LLC. “From there, the gas supply should be turned off by turning the gas pilot control valve to the ‘pilot’ setting on the water’s gas valve. If necessary, the water supply to the water heater can be shut off by closing the shutoff valve on the cold water pipe coming into the top of the heater tank.
“It is imperative that homeowners do not turn off the water unless the water heater’s power and gas are turned off.”
JTP associates go on to explain that if water is not an agreeable temperature, the water heater could be at the root of the problem, with key things to check on a gas water heater being the pilot, thermocouple and gas control valve. On electric units, homeowners should be looking at the thermostats and heating elements.
When it comes to inadequate hot water, JTP plumbers believe there are several possible issues to address, including the temperature setting, heating elements (with regard to electric heaters only), sediment in the tank and a damaged or disconnected dip tube.
“It can be quite worrisome when one turns on a faucet only to discover discolored water or a horrible odor,” adds Hunt. “Pipe corrosion or bacteria buildup could be the possible perpetrators in these cases.”
Mysterious, unusual noises coming from the basement, meanwhile, could mean the water heater needs attention; a low rumbling or popping noise, according to JTP staff, is the sound of boiling water, and excessive buildup of sentiment in the bottom of the tank is causing the tank to overheat and, in turn, causing the water to boil. In these circumstances, the sediment will have to be removed by flushing the water heater.
JTP is a Kansas and Missouri licensed, bonded and insured master plumbing repair contractor specializing in drain cleaning, rooter service, water line repair, sewer line repair and gas lines, with offices located at 5963 Paseo Boulevard. For more information call (816) 708-2020 or visit the previously listed website.
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