Usually, water heater problems become self-evident over time in an Edmonton home. However strange it may sound, the moment your unit malfunctions, the water gets too hot. At that point, it could mean that your thermostat may have malfunctioned; and therefore, allowing the system’s heating element to stay on the whole time instead of giving on and off cycles as needed. One sign of this problem is steaming hot water that leaves the faucet. During summer, this problem may go unnoticed when you limit the use of hot water. Understand that scalding hot water is a major problem. That kind of water could be too hot and cause burns or lead to pressure issues in hot water tanks.

Water Heater

Element

Most water supplies get to your water heater with dissolved minerals that are not eliminated during purification. When your water gets warm, the minerals may clump together and settle at the bottom of the tank. Once the dissolved elements get coated, it works harder to heat the water. That could mean that the element could overheat and the water could absorb the heat. The solution would be the replacement of the elements.

Thermostat

Any water heater in Edmonton has a thermostat that controls the on and off cycles of the elements. It could mean that the thermostat is too high if you find your water extremely hot. The other reason would be that your thermostat is malfunctioning. Also, the other possibility would be that it is not seated properly.

There is a red reset button that causes the thermostat to shut the power off to the elements when it’s on a routine cycle. If in any case, the reset button activates, power does not flow to the heating elements, and this could cause a loss of hot water. However, if the thermostat fails, the heater’s elements continue to draw power. The water’s temperature, on the other hand, could rise above safe levels. When it gets to this, it is advisable to have the thermostat replaced.

Pressure Relief Valve

The pressure relief valve could cause the overheated water. The valve allows steam to escape from the unit. If steam fails to escape, the water could overheat and damage the tank. If the water leaving the faucet is too hot, ensure you shut the heater off and call in a plumber. The valve can be inspected and replaced immediately. Troubleshooting involves checking wiring thoroughly.

Sources
Ontario Water Heater Rebates, www.homeperformance.com
Residential Water Heating, www.energy.gov.yk.ca