When your water heater needs repairs, you need to know how to respond to minimize any damages and facilitate speedy and complete repairs so that your water heater is back to normal ASAP.
The following are five things to do when your water heater needs repairs to assist the HVAC technician with the water heater repair and make the repair process as comfortable and convenient as possible:
Call your plumber or water heater repair technician ASAP
The first thing you need to do is let your repair technician know that you're having a problem. The sooner you call, the sooner you can have the issue repaired.
When you call, you should ask for advice on what you can do in the meantime to make your HVAC repair technician's jobs easier. Perhaps you can handle a few observation tasks to help your repair technician troubleshoot before they arrive.
Shut off the water supply
Your repair technician may recommend that you shut off the water supply to your water heater. Shutting off the water supply helps to prevent issues like flooding if your water heater or your pipes are clogged in some way.
If shutting off the water valve to your water heater doesn't effectively stop the water supply, you might have to try shutting off the main water valve of your home. This will not only cut off the water supply to your water heater, but to the rest of your home as well.
Shut off the fuel supply
You might want to shut off the fuel supply in addition to the water supply. Shutting off the fuel supply will prevent fuel from being wasted while you're waiting for repairs and while repairs are being performed.
If you have a gas water heater, you'll simply need to twist the thermostat dial to the off position. If you have an electric water heater, you can turn the power supply to the water heater off using your circuit breaker.
Inspect for leaks
It's helpful to make sure that your water heater is not leaking when it is malfunctioning. Addressing any leaks immediately is essential for preventing costly water damage in your home.
Find an alternative place to shower
You should make arrangements to shower elsewhere if your water heater will be out of service for a while and hot water is essential to a comfortable shower for you. Consider showering at the house of a family member or friend.
Otherwise, you could consider heating water over your stove to warm up bath water and take a bath.