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Water Heater Tips When the Hot Water Empties


Upon coming home from a day full of outside activities in the freezing Canadian air, there are usually two things that entice your senses – a fresh cup of hot choco and a warm shower. Anybody can survive not having some marshmallows to top their hot cocoas, but having to take a cold shower is one of the most depressing things any person can go through.

The hot water that circulates inside your home is produced by a water heater tank and remains in standby mode whenever somebody will ever need it. However, there are several issues that can affect your home supply of hot water, and distribute cold water instead or nothing at all. When your water heater does not work as well as it did before, check the following issues that are possibly the culprit for its poor performance.


The easiest thing you can do when you are running out of water is to wait. A certain amount of water from a reserve of 30m gallons or above is heated up by a tank. But when any Edmonton water heater runs out of that warm water reserve, it has no recourse but to deliver cold water along the pipeline. If your entire household is putting undue stress on your home’s water heater, it will drain your hot water reserve in as little as a few minutes. It is evident when you take a lot of showers or simultaneously run the dishwasher and the washing machine. If you want to avoid this problem from happening, household members must use the shower not the same time as the other home appliances that also use hot water. Before going to your bath to take a refreshing shower, you can also temporarily turn off the washing machine or dishwasher.

In general, an Edmonton water heater is big enough for regular home use. Even its much smaller models. But if you have a household that is unlike any other that has around six to seven members, a bigger tank is what your home probably needs.


Another issue you might encounter in any typical Edmonton home that can lead to a dwindling hot water supply is when the pilot light goes out. This problem is a fine example when your water heater no longer produces hot water but not require a drastic replacement. The water that goes through your pipe is heated by the gas that is set on fire by the pilot light. Through the deduction process, you cannot possibly have hot water when there is no working pilot light. You might have the misconception of needing to replace your entire unit when in reality, what is required is five minutes of your time and a barbecue lighter.

You can easily DIY lighting up a failing pilot light. Most modern models sport an ignition switch that can be switched from “gas” into “pilot” mode and clutched for a few seconds before the pilot light eventually lights up. On the other hand, you need to physically light the pilot light if you own a conventional model. Hence, make it a habit to review your manual to determine what kind of unit you have.


A possible sign that you thermocouple needs replacement is when the unit’s pilot light no longer fires up, or if it fluctuates on and off. If you are pretty handy with DIY stuff and quite confident yourself, it will be easy for you to change the thermocouple. But if you are in the dark when it comes to hot water heaters, your best recourse is to call the professionals who are trained to do the job. You want the peace of mind upon knowing that there is no leak in your Edmonton water heater, so hiring the services of an expert is your best alternative.


Your shower will most likely deliver cold water and leave you shivering in the midst of your shower once you have a faulty breaker. It is a challenge to notice when your breaker starts to malfunction because it is most likely that only your basement or utility room is out of power and not your entire home. If you have a faulty breaker, water will no longer be heated because nothing will power the heating elements anymore. If what tripped the electric breaker was just a random thing, you won’t have to face any lasting issues and you can easily turn it back on. Unfortunately, if your Edmonton water heater is the reason itself for the trip, it explains why it is no longer working and need a replacement. The heating elements are fairly easy to replace, but if your Edmonton water heater is nearing its lifespan and is over ten years old, your only recourse is to purchase a new one.


Another issue that usually plagues Edmonton water heaters and might be a possible reason that it gives off lukewarm water is neglecting to check the dip tube. The plastic that goes through the entire expanse of the pipe is a dip tube. It travels from the cold water inlet all the way to the bottom of your heater where the actual water is being heated. A broken dip tube will allow the cold water to blend with the hot water and deliver an equal 50/50 solution of cold and heated water. It is also easy to change your dip tube. However, it requires you to cut the pipe, which might frighten an inexperienced homeowner.


The two modules on your typical water heater are located on the upper half and on the lower half, also labeled as the elements. There is a big likelihood that one or both of these elements are already defective if your hot water system keeps on dispensing cool water rather than warm water. It is also the likely culprit if your breakers keep on tripping as well. It is the lower element that carries out majority of the work since the cold water goes inside the unit at the bottom and goes up because of the pressure inside. The upper element of the unit mainly carries out the maintenance part of your unit, but it can start to malfunction too. This malfunction on the upper element usually happens when the lower component already start to fail. A multimeter determines the physical state of these components. You’ll be aware when you need to replace it and you’ll get a pretty specific diagnosis and find out the exact root of the problem.


Your current Edmonton hot water system’s persistent delivery of cold water can possibly signal that your current unit is not up for the job and you need to find a new one that can accommodate your household’s current hot water demand workload. Try to check bigger units that is commensurate to the number of household members, or the mere size of your beloved family. An additional bathroom is also a major factor that affects your hot water supply.

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