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If you are experiencing problems with your hot water heater in Sarasota, FL, there are steps you can take before contacting a professional plumber. By determining the problem with your Sarasota, FL water heater, you may be able to save money if it’s a minor adjustment that you can complete.

Even though it is called a hot water heater, there may be times that you can’t get any hot water from the unit. If you have a gas heater, it may be due to the pilot light burning out or not being turned on all the way. With electric models, a tripped circuit breaker is a common reason for a hot water heater not to work. Before contacting a Sarasota, FL plumber, check the thermocouple. If you can’t ignite that, check the gas-cock setting next. For electric units, check the heater’s thermostat as the heating element may be defective or may no longer be heating at all.

An inconsistent temperature reading is another indicator of a water heater that is having performance issues. If the water in your unit is frequently too hot or too cold, go to your thermostat and adjust the setting in small increments. As you do this, feel how warm or cool the water coming out of all your faucets is. This could also mean  you have a defective heating element.

A third common problem with hot water heaters are units that leak. Usually, this is due to a loose drain valve, but it could also be due to corrosion within the unit itself. In either case, the heating element gasket will need to be replaced.

If you are unable to correct any of these issues with our hints, it is time to call Aqua Plumbing.  One of our technicians will quickly determine the problem, provide a cost estimate and upon your approval, quickly repair your water heating or any other plumbing issue you may have.