Electric Hot Water Heater Repair: When to Call a Professional

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Electric hot water heater repair is important not only for the comfort of you and your family, but for your safety as well.

Whether you own a gas or an electric hot water heater, there are certain warning signs that require immediate attention.

Some problems can arise from something as simple as turning the temperature of the water heater too high.

Other problems will require a licensed plumber to be called to your home immediately.

If there is a small amount of water on the floor around your electric hot water heater, check the temperature setting on your unit. Setting the temperature too high can cause the pressure release valve to release a small amount of the water inside the tank.

If you have a dishwasher in the house, set the temperature so that on full hot, the water coming out of the tap is slightly warmer than 150 degrees Fahrenheit. If there is no dishwasher in the house, the temperature can be set even lower.

Before attempting any electric hot water heater repair or troubleshooting, shut off power to the unit using your home’s circuit breaker. If there is standing water on the floor around an electric hot water heater, call a qualified professional immediately.

The biggest safety concern with any hot water heater is a build up of pressure. Every hot water heater sold is required to have a pressure relief valve. This is an important safety feature that will prevent your water heater from exploding in the event of a catastrophic failure.

You should check this valve at least every six months to a year to ensure that it is working correctly. If it is not working, it is critical that this valve be replaced immediately. Unless you are 100% confident that you can complete this repair correctly on your own, call a plumber to make sure that the repair is done correctly.