Prolonging the life of your water heater is easy when you know what causes it to stop working. Read on to learn how to do so in your Gloucester, VA, home.

Why Did My Water Heater Stop Working?

There are several reasons your water heater may stop working. These include:

  • Leakage.
  • Dirty flame sensor (gas).
  • Bad gas valve (gas).
  • Leaking pressure relief valve.
  • Bad air intake screen.
  • Bad thermostat.

Why is My Appliance Leaking?

It could be a loose drain valve, which is a quick fix when you hire a trained professional to tighten it. Since most water heaters last about 10 years, the age of your appliance should give you an idea of the severity of the issue. If you have hard water, there may be minerals in the water that may eventually cause a buildup that results in a failure. If you notice pools of water around your appliance, don’t wait to contact a professional. Repairing it right away will avoid further water damage.

How Do I Know If I Have a Bad Thermostat?

If you’re not getting hot water at all or you get some hot water but then it runs cold, one of the thermostats in your water heater could be bad. You can test them yourself if you have a digital multi-meter. Otherwise, you should call a professional to test your thermostat and repair or replace it if needed.

How Often Should I Have My Water Heater Serviced?

Having your water heater serviced once a year is a good idea. Our skilled service technicians will let you know if a part is wearing out or needs cleaning.

Don’t let cold water surprise you when you need a shower or hot water for other purposes. Contact Kearney & Sons today to request service technicians to repair or replace your appliance.

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