Hot Water Troubleshooting – Find Out What’s Wrong with your Electric Storage Hot Water System

Having trouble with your Electric Hot Water heater? There are a number of factors that can lead to water heating issues. What follows are some of the most common problems we come across with Electric heaters and how checking a few things can make a big difference.

1. Faulty Element or Thermostat – This needs to be checked by a qualified tradesman using a multi meter. We do not recommend you try this unless you have the suitable electrical qualifications. Please do not hesitate to contact us

2. Power Supply Outage – This can happen for a number of reasons. The element or thermostat may be faulty and caused your circuit breaker to trip. Check the electrical meter box as it may be as easy as turning the switch back on. There can also be issues with the supply from the mains. You may want to check if there have been any issues in your area with your electricity supplier

3. Leaking pressure relief valve – This is quiet common and relatively simple to fix. Pressure relief valves are pressure rated and it is important to follow manufacturers recommendation’s when replacing the valve. The rating of the valve required can be found on the rating sticker at the top of most hot water heaters. To ensure the this valves operates correctly it should be manually activated every three months. Please keep in mind that the valves is designed to leak when the unit is heating or over pressurised but it should stop.

4. Discoloured or Dirty Hot Water – If you have discoloured water coming from your tank the tank can be flushed and the anode changed. The sacrificial anode is an important component of your hot water heater. A sacrificial anode is a metal rod, normally made from aluminium or magnesium and coated in zinc, which hangs down inside your hot water tank. The sacrificial anode is designed to attract minerals and impurities in the water which would otherwise react with the inside of the tank and cause it to rust and deteriorate. This ‘sacrificial’ rod slowly rusts and degrades, sacrificing its own life for the greater good of your hot water tank.

And there you have it! These are the top 4 issues that we come across as Qualified Plumbers in the Newcastle region. How did you go at using our troubleshooting tips to fix your Electric water heater? Are some of these fixes beyond your expertise? Don’t stress, we’re available 24/7 to fix your system. Contact us or give us a call on 4943 9000 for a quote!