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Water heaters are a common appliance in many homes. They are usually designed like large metal cylinders that are placed in the basement or the laundry room. There are newer styles that are designed without a tank but the older, and more common ones, consist of a water-filled drum that has a heating mechanism located on the inside or at the bottom. Water heaters come in both electric and gas versions and are available in various sizes to suit types of usage.
Listed below are a few questions answered by the Experts on common water heater problems.
This type of installation would require a different approach to what you have suggested above. You could choose one of the options below.
You don’t need to connect them to a ground rod in the first place. You would need to connect all these devices to an Equipotential Bonding Grid. This means that they would all be connected to a #8 solid copper conductor that is, in turn, attached to the lug on the top of the pump motor. You can also connect all metal objects such as ladders, pool lights and so on that measure larger than 4 square inches and within 10 ft of the pool.
It’s better to get your electrical system carefully looked at by a competent electrician to detect a fault that has resulted in these costs. Make sure that you check all underground wiring to a detached garage or shed, circuits to the wells and so on as well.
Sometimes, when a breaker is in the “on” position for an extended period of time, it can hang. Try forcefully flipping the handle to “off” and “on” a few times. Or, take the breaker off and give it a knock with a screwdriver handle to free it up. Once it resets, switch it off and then back on to check if it is working alright. If none of this works, you might have to replace it.
There are a few reasons why a water heater can stop working properly. This could be due to the lack of water supply coming into the heater, a faulty thermostat or a problem with the storage tank inside. If you aren’t receiving enough hot water, check the water pipes that connect to the heater and the underside of the heater tank for signs of leakage or corrosion. Depending on the extent of the leakage, the tank may need to be repaired or even replaced. Another reason why you may face insufficient tank capacity is because the tank can fill with dissolved solids due to “hard” water. As a result, the hot water will give off a metallic or muddy smell. If you have problems with your water heater and can’t find out the cause, ask an Expert for answers to your problem or get a licensed plumber to help you fix the problem.