Ge Water Heater Troubleshooting. Some of us have been the last in line for showers on a few occasions, and we know what it’s like when the cold water runs through your hair or while you’re standing under the showerhead.
Unless you happen to be living with someone else who takes forever to get their shower then chances are high that you may know what it feels like if you’re having water heater problems too.
If you take the time to compare variables, diagnose your issue, and then work toward a solution in the beginning phases.
Then it’s not so hard to understand why others choose to work with experts rather than aspiring DIYers for this particular task.
Ge Water Heater Troubleshooting
In this article, we discuss how to troubleshoot some problems with Ge water heaters.
Water Heater Overheating
When the heating element is shorted out, it will continue to heat, causing the water to become too hot.
To determine if the heating element is shorted out, use a multimeter to test if the element is shorted to ground and has continuity between the two ends of the element. If there is continuity, replace it with a new one.
The thermostat determines the maximum temperature setting. If the thermostat is defective, you may set the heat to a higher level than usual.
To tell if the thermostat is defective, assess whether you are comfortable with hands placed on the widest part of the faucet.
If exposure to 120 degrees or lower does not cause discomfort to your skin in less than three seconds, this indicates that there is something wrong with your thermostat.
If the problem isn’t fixed, you risk getting burned at 120 degrees or more so we recommend taking action by dealing with it.
Water Heater Light Won’t Work
The pilot lights the burner. Your water heater will not heat up if the pilot light does not spark.
Carbon deposits might build up with no easy way to get rid of them so you can use a sharp brush and/or compressed air in order to remove the carbon from the tip of the light.
If this fails to start the pilot, then you’ll have to use another one in its place.
Some water heaters use a spark electrode to light the pilot flame. The pilot flame lights the heating element that keeps your water hot.
If the pilot won’t ignite, it might be because the spark electrode doesn’t work correctly. Make sure that disposing of any defective parts solves the problem by replacing them and getting your normal hot water back.
Water Heater Started leaking
The drain valve that’s attached to the water heater can be opened, which allows water to flow out of the tank to either flush out mineral deposits or for maintenance purposes like cleaning.
If the drain valve is leaking, it will cause unnecessary water damage and leaks in your home. Most modern models have a shutoff valve built-in that makes it easier for people to completely drain their hot water heaters.
So you should always follow your manufacturer’s recommendations on how to best lift the tank lid off safely.
In order to stabilize pressure or temperature in the water heater if it exceeds a certain point, the temperature and pressure relief valves open.
The temperature and pressure relief valve is opened by regulating a set temperature, which can be found on our water heater.
In case you notice that the valve leaks fluid regardless of it not reaching its set relief level, get a new valve.
Water Heater Will Not Heat
The ignition module is responsible for turning on or off the flow of gas when you turn your gas ranges on and off.
When the electrical power goes to this part, it generates a spark that ignites the gas so that it can be released into your stove.
If this part stops working, then neither will your stove which means you won’t have hot water, or an oven to bake anything in either.
It’s important as a business owner to make sure any part that supplies electricity-producing sparks is always well maintained and cleaned.
The draft inducer fan motor features a set of coils connected to the main blower, which allows the draft inducer to pull in the air while simultaneously exhausting it out of the vent.
Air is drawn into the burner when it flows through the draft inducer, causing a vacuum switch to close.
If the vacuum switch closes but the ignition process doesn’t occur, this could be a result of bad wiring that shorted out somewhere between the furnace and the water heater and can easily be repaired.