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Common Water Heater Repairs in Houston

Would you like to learn some of the basics about your electric water heater? Maybe you are a new homeowner and you would like to know what you are talking about if you ever need a water heater repair in Houston. This guide will help walk you through the basics of this valuable and resourceful appliance in your home.

Cold water enters the bottom of the storage tank through a fill tube inside the tank. Hot water is drawn of the top of the tank through the hot water line. What happens if the tank starts full of cold water? The upper thermostat will engage the upper element with warms the top half of the tank. Then a signal is sent to the lower thermostat and the same process happens on the lower half. If the tank is already hot and hot water gets used, cold water enters the bottom of the tank at the same time from the city water supply. Since water that enters is cold, it will automatically cool the lower thermostat and the lower element will kick on.

A common problem with electric water heaters that needs repair is a loss of power. This typically happens where the electric wiring is connected at the top of the heater. They can get hot and even burn or flip the breaker. Another common problem is element failure. They vary in size or wattage, most common being 4500 watt. The types are flange, raised flange, and screw type, with screw type being most common. These screw directly into the tank.

To diagnose problems with your electric water heater, or if you suspect you need a water heater repair, call your Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg at (281) 616-3978 to do the work right. Save yourself the time and headache.