Water heater articles

From troubleshooting why your water temperature is too hot or why you have no hot water at all, these articles and how-to videos from Sears PartsDirect can help you get the best performance from your water heater. Check out our water heater repair help section for more water heater troubleshooting guidance, error code information and step-by-step DIY repair instructions.

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Articles and videos common to all water heaters

April 10, 2020
How to clean your appliances after a drinking water advisory.

Find out how to clean and flush household appliances once a boil water advisory is lifted.

September 26, 2019
Protect your smart appliances from hackers with these steps.

Find out how to protect your smart appliances from malevolent invasions by hackers.

November 1, 2018
How to read a wiring schematic.

Learn how to decipher symbols so you can buy the right part for your problem.

November 1, 2018
Using a wiring schematic to trace a current.

Find out what’s wrong with your appliance by following a circuit.

November 1, 2018
Wiring schematic symbols explained.

Learn some of the most common symbols found in a wiring diagram and what they mean.

March 23, 2018
Are you abusing your appliances?

Take our quiz to see how well you treat your appliances. Then, find out what you can do to help them last longer.

August 1, 2015
Water heater common questions.

These common questions and answers can help you make the most of your water heater.

August 1, 2015
Easy DIY water heater repairs.

Read about some water heater repairs that you can easily do yourself.

Articles and videos for electric water heaters

January 1, 2016
No hot water: electric water heater troubleshooting video.

Learn how to troubleshoot issues when your electric water heater is not heating your water.

January 1, 2016
Water too hot: electric water heater troubleshooting video.

Learn how to determine if you have a shorted heating element or broken thermostat in your electric water heater.

August 20, 2015
PHOTO: Attach the garden hose the water heater heater drain valve.

Find out how to drain the tank on your electric water heater.

Symptoms common to all water heaters

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Main causes: water supply needs chlorine treatment, anode rod too reactive
Main causes: thermostat temperature set too high, thermostats need adjustment, faulty thermostat, shorted heating element
Main causes: thermostats need adjustment, water heater capacity too low, bad heating element, thermostat failure, excessive tank sediment
Main causes: lack of power, no gas supply, thermostat limit switch tripped, bad element, bad thermostat, gas valve failure, bad thermocouple
Main causes: faulty pressure relief valve, water is overheating
Main causes: broken heating element, thermostat failure, excessive tank sediment, tank size too small, burner valve assembly failure
Main causes: loose water pipe fittings, leaky drain valve, bad temperature-pressure relief valve, leaky heating element, cracked tank