DIY water heater repair

Water heaters are often forgotten until there's no hot water or the water gets cold halfway through a shower. If your water heater doesn't heat quickly enough, doesn't heat at all or your hot water smells like rotten eggs, Sears PartsDirect's troubleshooting guidance can help you narrow down and fix the problem.

When the hot water disappears, follow the steps in our no hot water video to figure out what's wrong. If your water is too hot, watch our water too hot video to figure out what the cause might be. Both videos will point you toward what part to replace and our DIY repair guides will walk you through the repair step by step

If you see an error code, look it up on our water heater error code charts and then follow the steps to find out what part to replace. To find out how to drain the tank on your electric water heater or get answers to common questions, check out our articles and videos. To find the owner’s manual or a complete list of replacement parts for your water heater, search for your model number.

Water Heaters

Symptoms common to all water heaters

Choose a symptom to see related water heater repairs.

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: broken heating element, thermostat failure, excessive tank sediment, tank size too small, burner valve assembly failure
Main causes: faulty pressure relief valve, water is overheating
Main causes: loose water pipe fittings, leaky drain valve, bad temperature-pressure relief valve, leaky heating element, cracked tank

Articles and videos common to all water heaters

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your water heater.

December 16, 2015

Using a wiring schematic to trace a current video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

December 9, 2015

How to read a wiring schematic video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

August 1, 2015

Water heater common questions

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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