An instant water heater or geyser is a very important part of the Indian household lifestyle. There are two types of geysers, gas water heaters and electrical geysers. The most featured quality of water geysers is that they give hot water instantly whenever it is required. Be it for bathing or daily household chores, geysers are a daily necessity during winters. Although geysers do not require routine geyser service, sometimes the occurrence of technical issues needs to be resolved immediately to continue availing a variety of benefits from the appliance.
Here is a list of some most common instant geyser problems, causes and how they can be resolved-
1. Water Temperature Issues-
An instant geyser is problematic when the water temperature is not adequate. There can be problems such as
· The water getting too hot.
· No hot water.
· The water is not hot enough.
· The water takes too long to reheat.
· The water is too cold.
These issues can be caused due to the following reasons
· Undersized heater.
· Faults in geyser thermostat, gas pilot, heating element, pilot controller.
· Placement of pressure valve.
· Temperature Settings.
· Circuit breaker.
However, there are feasible solutions to resolve these issues
· Check the above elements and if damaged straight away replace them.
· If the problem arises in a thermostat, heating element, or pilot controller call for a professional helper.
· If the problem arises with the heater tank, pressure valve, or circuit breaker, try to replace or place them correctly.
· If the temperature settings are unbalanced, change them to stable the heating capability of the geyser.
2. Dripping Issues-
A lot of times, water leakages and continuous dripping create much harmful damage to the geyser and electricity boards. The dripping problem can be caused by the following factors
· Fault in Temperature (T&P) Valve.
· Excessive Pressure.
· Loose heating bolts.
· Leakages from water storage tanks.
These faults can be resolved with the following solutions
· Flush out the debris from the valve, if the leakage still occurs replace or repair using tools and tapes.
· Lower the thermostat settings, and tighten any loose parts, if the issue doesn’t get resolved call for a professional.
· If the leakage is caused by the heating element, tighten the bolts or replace the gasket
· Try to remove corrosion from the O-rings and the pipes, if it doesn’t help replace them.
3. Leakages through ceilings-
Often water leakages through the ceiling causes damage to the water geyser. The most common cause is a burst heater or leakages developed on the body top. The most relevant solution for this issue is to switch off the power supply to the geyser and call a professional.
4. Colored running water-
This is a problem in which the water that runs through the geyser turns rusty or becomes colored. This is caused by corrosion on the anode rode or the storage tank. The easiest solution is to flush out the corrosion from any of the parts.
5. Foul Odor-
Odor is a most common problem which often is not identified in its early stage. This is caused by the usage of well water that automatically gives a foul smell and decaying anode rode which with a colored flow of water also releases hydrogen which in turn generates bad odor. The modern solution to this issue is to either increase the thermostat temperature to high or flush the corrosion on a routine basis.
6. Strange Noises-
The most common reason for this problem is the heating panel inside that makes noises because of very high pressures. Hence it makes strange noises like banging, popping, or even rumbling. To get rid of this the most feasible solution is to drain the storage tank, descale the build-up, and even after this if the descaling doesn’t help replace it.
The problem of geyser overheating creates dis-balance in the functionality of the entire machine. This is caused due to high temperatures in the thermostat and thus requires balancing or replacing.
8. Low hot water pressure-
This problem occurs when the water supply is very low that in turn gives low pressure inside the heater. This is caused due to old geyser pipes and galvanized pipelines in the house. This can only be resolved by replacing the old ones with new pipes with broader diameters that match the geyser input sockets.
Regular maintenance can help prevent these issues and thus increase the life span of any geyser for almost 1 to 2 years without services. Even though these problems and their solutions are very easy to practice, always call out for professionals with proper training and experience in doing so.
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