Replacing the Heating Element on a Water Heater

Replacing the Heating Element on a Water Heater

When your hot water heater goes out of order, it’s an emergency. Without hot water, the dishwasher and washing machine won’t function properly, and showers become tortuous. Unfortunately, plumbing repairs involving hot water heaters can be expensive, which could tempt some homeowners to put off getting a fix. Before you give up hygiene or comfort in the name of frugality, however, check out this hot water heater repair which you might be able to take on yourself. Basic Plumbing Skills Come in Handy One common cause of failure in hot water heaters is the heating element at the bottom of the tank. With some basic handy skills, this is a part you can replace yourself without having to call a plumber or buy a whole new hot water heater. If you decide to give it a go, one of the first steps is to purchase a new heating element, preferably from the same manufacturer. If that’s not an option, at least ensure that you pick out a product with the same wattage rating as the old one, and measure to make sure it will fit in your unit. Next, before you start any plumbing repairs, you need to shut down all the inputs to the water heater. That means cutting off the power from wherever the unit gets its electricity — keep in mind that it may have its own electrical panel that you need to turn off outside of your main circuit box. Next, turn off the water supply to the heater. Replacing the Heating Element Once the heater is shut down, open up some hot water faucets in your...
What to Do About a Noisy Faucet

What to Do About a Noisy Faucet

A noisy faucet can drive a family crazy. When you have to brace yourself for an annoying sound every time you wash your hands, it’s time to get to work to remedy the problem. Fortunately, noisy faucets can be relatively easy plumbing repairs that you may be able handle without calling in a plumber. Read on for tips on how to quiet unwanted whistles and screeches from your faucets.  Plumbing Repairs for the DIY Person There are a few different reasons why you could have noises coming from your plumbing. Try the following steps to find out the problem and bring peace to your bathroom: Check on the Aerator: The cause of your noisy faucet could be mineral deposits in the aerator — the screen that screws into the tip of the faucet. This is an easy plumbing repair, so it’s the first thing you should check. Simply unscrew the aerator and run the faucet. If the noise is gone, purchase a new, clean aerator, screw it on the faucet, and you should be good to go. Install New Washers: Worn out or incorrectly sized washers are a common cause of faucet noises. To replace the old washer, turn off the water supply and take your faucet apart. When you have the handles off, swap out the old washers for new, intact models that are a perfect fit for the fixture. With luck, that may solve the problem. Put a Brake on Water Pressure: High water pressure is another common cause of strange sounds in your plumbing. If you think this might be the culprit, you can test your plumbing with a pressure gauge.  Anything over 80 psi can potentially cause a problem. If this is the case, you should install a pressure regulator on your...
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