Common Geyser Problems and Their Solution
A hot water geyser is one of the most useful appliances for any household or commercial building. It provides hot running water in your faucet not only for a refreshing warm bath but also for other chores like washing, cleaning, and a whole lot of other activities. No matter how good a brand you may have chosen and installed yet with constant wear and tear, it is bound to pose certain problems.
Resolving the everyday problems of geysers is easy if you know how your appliance works and what the anticipated problems that may crop up are. This leaves you better placed in detecting them early and finding an apt solution for them so that you continue to get an uninterrupted supply of hot water.
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Here we list some of the common geyser problems and the necessary solutions to overcome them. Take a look…
1. Dripping Geyser
Often a few drops of water can be seen leaking through the pressure control valve overflow pipe. This is normal. However, if you see an abnormal amount of water constantly leaking or dripping from the geyser then it should call for an alarm. A constant dripping geyser indicates a faulty control valve.
The most common cause of water leaking from a geyser includes corrosion, excessive pressure on the valve, overheating, or faulty plumbing. Excessive pressure often leads to temperature and pressure valve leaking.
Call a plumber and get the pressure valves checked. Get them replaced if they cannot be repaired and re-used.
2. Overheated Geyser
This is one of the most common and most dangerous problems faced in geysers. Here, the geysers do not turn off, even when in the ‘off’ position, and continues to heat water to the extent that it starts boiling in the tank. A common indication of this problem is that you can see steam coming out of the water along with hot water even from the faucets. It is a considerably dangerous situation, where the geyser can explode and cause an accident. This happens because both the temperature and pressure are rising within the geyser. This happens when the thermostat or the pressure valve installed within a geyser goes faulty.
Switch off the geyser immediately and call a plumber to fix the problem. The pressure and temperature settings need to be checked thoroughly and reset as required. If the thermostat or pressure valve is found faulty it should be replaced by a professional to ensure safe use.
3. Water not getting sufficiently heated or no heating at all
This is a perplexing problem, where the water obtained from the geyser is either not sufficiently hot or not hot at all. If the water is not hot at all, then check the geyser circuit breaker to see whether it is tripped or not. Resetting the circuit breaker once or twice can resolve this problem. Alternatively, if you are getting insufficiently hot water from the geyser then it indicates a problem with the thermostat or the heating element including parts like the gas pilot or the pilot control valve. Another reason could be certain parts of the geyser getting loose due to constant use and wear and tear.
If the damaged part is identified, get it either repaired or replaced to continue using the geyser efficiently.
4. Water Leakage through the Ceiling
Water leaking through the ceiling indicates a major leakage that may have developed in the geyser and that the overflow pipe and dripping tray are unable to bear the leakage.
Switch off the geyser immediately and call the plumber to fix the problem.
5. Noisy Geyser
This problem is mainly posed by instant geysers where one can hear rumbling and popping noises coming from the geyser when in use. This indicates that sediments have been deposited at the bottom of the tank. Hard water deposits at the bottom of the tank can reduce the capacity of your geysers and adversely affect their functioning. Often salt and minerals deposit at the bottom of the water heater tank and continuous scaling of lime present in the hard water affects the capacity of the heater to heat water. Alternatively, if high whirling sounds are heard when the geyser is operating, then it indicates the accumulation of substances on the heating element.
Flush out the water from the heater and clean the tank to resolve the problem. You can also use a water softener to solve the many problems posed by hard water in your geyser. If the build-up has affected the heating element of your geyser call the repair services and get t checked.
6. Unpleasant Odour
An unpleasant odour emanating from your geyser also indicates that something may be wrong inside. The most common cause for this is the growing bacteria that form in hot water when the geyser is run at relatively low temperatures or when it is turned off for a significant period and the water remains standing in the tank. It can produce a very unpleasant smell like that of rotten eggs or sewage water.
Turn the temperature of your hot water geyser at high for up to 24 hours and then run the hot water taps to flush out the water in the pipes.
The Bottom Line
While a hot water geyser is a highly convenient appliance that helps you get warm water as and when required yet any undetected problem can affect its efficiency and functionality in more than one way. So, timely detection of problems in the water geyser can save you not only from any dangerous hazard but also help in quick repair and resolution thereby increasing the life of the appliance. Hope this write-up gives you enough insights into the common problems posed by your geyser and ways in which you can tackle and resolve them.