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Quick Fix Tips: Hot Water Heater

Did you know that many common system and appliance failures can be resolved with simple quick fixes? Below I’ve listed our quick fix tips for your water heater; if you’re still experiencing a problem, call us and we’ll be happy to assist you.

•Water heater makes a rumbling or clanking noise.

Chances are this is related to sediment build up. A “flush” of the water heater may be all that is required. 

Follow these steps to flush your water heater: 

CAUTION: The water is hot and there is danger of being scalded. Use caution and keep children and pets away from the area when flushing water heater. 

1.) Attach a garden hose to the drain valve (looks like a hose bibb) at the bottom of the heater. Run the garden hose either outside or to the nearest drain. 
2.) Open the drain valve, which will allow the water to drain through the hose. 
3.) When the water is running clear – after about 20 minutes – close the drain valve and remove the hose. 
4.) Turn on a hot water faucet in your home and let it run until all air bubbles are out of the line, then turn it off.

For more details on how to flush a water heater visit:

•Water heater is not producing enough hot water.

If the water heater runs out of hot water too quickly, increase the temperature on the water heater thermostat. If the temperature is set on the highest setting, flush the water heater according to the directions above.

•The unit is not producing any hot water.

Your pilot light may be out. Follow the instructions on the tank on how to light the pilot, or call your local gas company who will relight it for free! 

If the unit is electric, it may have a reset button on the tank itself. Depress the button and if that doesn’t help, try the designated circuit breaker in your electrical panel, it may have tripped.

~ Quick Fix Tips provided courtesy of Old Republic Home Protection, a leader in the home warranty industry, providing superior service, comprehensive coverage and competitive pricing.

For more information on the value and benefits of home warranty coverage or to order a home warranty (also available for investment/rental properties and homes not going through a resale transaction), please contact local area representative Amanda Wood, serving Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern Counties:

Amanda Wood
Account Executive
Old Republic Home Protection
(800) 282-7131 ext. 1210

Written by Amanda Wood - Go to Amanda's Website/Profile