Water heaters are essential household appliances that enable us to live our daily lives more comfortably by providing warm water for showering, dishes, and laundry. Unfortunately, like any home appliance, they can occasionally malfunction. A common complaint from homeowners is when their heater suddenly ceases operating - pressing its reset button might provide the answer! Mr. Rooter Plumbing covers how to test your reset button before calling a professional plumber for water heater repair.
Before diving into the reset process, let's understand what a water heater reset button does. Most electric water heaters come equipped with a high-temperature cutoff switch known as the reset button that serves to shut off power to the heating element when the temperature becomes dangerously high in the tank; manual reset allows users to manually restore the heater when this occurs to prevent overheating or potential damage to the heating element and tank contents.
If your water heater suddenly stops providing hot water as expected, its reset button could be responsible. It could trip for various reasons, including an inaccurate thermostat setting, sediment build-up in your tank, or electrical problems; before calling a professional plumbing service, it might be worthwhile trying resetting it yourself as this might resolve it without needing professional intervention.
Before beginning any activity, safety should always come first. Here are a few safety measures you should follow to protect yourself:
Now that you have taken all necessary precautions to safeguard yourself and others, you can begin inspecting the reset button:
If resetting the high-temperature cutoff switch doesn't fix it or the reset button keeps tripping frequently, professional assistance from a plumber or plumbing service should be considered, as persistent problems may indicate more significant underlying problems that require expert diagnosis and repair services.
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