The first indication that your water heater is in disrepair is when there is no hot water. Outside of a tank leak a DIY electric water heater repair can be done once diagnosed. Elements which heat the water in an electric water heater can overheat due to hard water scale and split and break. Turn OFF power to the water heater at the main circuit breaker panel. Remove lower and upper covers to access the thermostats and elements. Disconnect the two wires at each element.


Perform a continuity test of the elements to

prove it PASS or FAIL. Replace the element

which FAILED the test.  A continuity tester

can be purchased here or at your local

hardware store. The following water heater

repair parts listed are for most repairs.


Water Heater Element Socket 1-1/2 inch

Water Heater Element 3500/4500 Watt

Electric Water Heater

Replacing elements in your electric water heater is considered on the difficulty scale of mid-range.  You will want to follow your water heater manufacturer guide step-by-step. Should you need further assistance call 740-964-2691 and speak to our water heater repair specialist “Advice by phone is always free.”  If you prefer our plumbing professional diagnose the problem and make the water heater repair schedule an appointment today, call 740-964-2691 or click here.

Gas Water Heater

A conventional gas water heater has met many changes over the years. Beginning in 2003 the use of flame arrestors are engineered into the design and production of all gas water heater tanks with a capacity below 75,000 BTU to comply with regulations in a residential home installation. The regulation contributed to the safer operation of a tank heater and the rise in demand for dual tank installation and tankless water heater where a single large tank would not meet household demand.

Today most homes have this design of water heater tank.  Access to the burner assembly and flame arrestor is cumbersome and better left to a water heater repair specialist. If you find your water heater not heating here are a few DIY steps to do first before calling on plumbing professional.

Cleaning- The water heater burner requires sufficient fresh air for a proper burner flame while heating. When the heater is operating fresh air drawn into the combustion chamber carries with it dust, pet hair, and dryer lint which collects around the base of the water heater and in the flame arrestor. This problem restricts air flow and effects the operation. The burner will burn hot, and the upward draft through the center baffle to expel fumes will reduce in rate causing the TCO (thermal cut off) to trip.

The pilot light and burner will shut down. Vacuum around the base of the tank some have a removable debris-filter unfasten it vacuum under the tank. Use a lint brush to clean the underside of the flame arrestor. Reset the debris-filter in place after cleaning thoroughly. If the TCO tripped depress the button to reset. Now lite the burner pilot following the manufacture direction. If the pilot flame does not remain on the thermocouple or thermopile may need cleaning to removing carbon built up with steel wool or replace it.

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