December 14, 2016

How to Locate, Remove, and Replace the Lower Thermostat in a Water Heater

The lower thermostat on a water heater is a sensor that ensures the bulk of the water in the tank reaches the optimal warmth for your usage and safety. If the lower thermostat stops working, you could end up with chilly water next time you want to take a shower or bath.

Replacing the lower thermostat isn’t difficult to do, but you first need to know for certain that the thermostat is the issue behind your water heating woes. If you’re not sure, call in a water heating professional for plumbing assistance.

Step 1: Locate the Old Lower Thermostat

Turn off the power to your water heater using the circuit breaker or shut-off switch or by simply unplugging the unit.

Locate the lower access panel door, which will look like an upended rectangle near the bottom of your tank. Use the screwdriver to loosen the screw holding the panel in place then remove the panel and set aside with the screw.

You should now see a piece of foam that is partly attached to other insulation within the unit so it doesn’t remove fully. The foam does have a door cut out that you can lift up to get the piece out of your way. Lift the bottom edge of that foam door until it extends up and over onto the unit’s exterior wall. Secure the foam door in place with electrical tape.

Now you have to contend with the plastic cover over the thermostat. Insert the edge of your screwdriver into the notch at the top of the cover then press up firmly. The tab should pop and release the cover, which you can set aside for now.

Step 2: Remove the Old Thermostat and Install the New

Examine the wires attached to the lower thermostat and make a note of the orientation using pen and paper or a digital camera. Use your screwdriver to loosen each screw at a time then pull the wires free of the thermostat. Note that the wires will simply dangle inside the unit until you install the new thermostat. Press on each mounting bracket on the sides of the thermostat, pull out on the thermostat, then discard the old part.

Slide the new thermostat into place on the mounting brackets and press backwards to snap into place. Hook up the wires, one at a time, to the correct terminals. Tighten the screws to fasten the wires in place. Snap the plastic cover firmly back over the thermostat.

Remove the tape from the foam door then press the door back in place. Secure the access panel door with its mounting screw. Restore the power at the circuit breaker or shut-off valve, or plug the unit back in. Conduct a test run to see if the heating problem has corrected. If the water heater is still experiencing problems or if you need assistance, talk to a professional like those at Brother’s Plumbing.

Systems In Rural Homes That Need Specific Care And Maintenance

When you move to a rural area, there are a lot of things that are different from urban and suburban areas. You may find that the culture or way of life is a little different or that some of the services you are used to are not available at your new rural home. This also includes everyday utilities like water and sewer services, which means your home has to have special systems. Here are some of the things that you should know about systems and maintenance that a rural home will need:

1. Water Well Systems to Bring Potable Water to Your Home

The most important system that you need for a rural home is a well. In many areas, there is no water service, so you will need to have a well drilled. Water from wells can be high in mineral content or even be acidic, which is why a water softener or purification system may be needed. In addition, you need to have the well serviced regularly and repairs done to ensure you always have running water for your home.

2. Septic Systems to Help with Waste Water and Plumbing Needs

Waste from the plumbing in your home needs to have a septic system because rural areas and even some suburban areas lack municipal sewers. The septic system will need to meet certain requirements, such as a soil test. In some areas, an alternative septic system may be needed due to soil that does not filter waste water effectively or because the water table is too close to the surface. Common alternatives include mound and aerobatic septic systems.

3. Communications and Electrical Systems in Areas with Outdated Infrastructure

Infrastructure in some rural areas can be outdated or even non-existent. For internet and telephone, satellite can be a good solution to keep your home connected to the outside world. You may also want to consider a cellular solution if you are within distance of cellphone towers. Electrical systems may also have problems in rural areas, which are often unreliable due to outdated power grids. To solve this problem, you may want to have a backup generator installed. Renewable energy systems like solar panels and wind turbines can also be used to provide power to your home.

Keep these tips in mind when it comes to the mechanical systems when you move to a rural area. Some of the special needs may be an extra cost you want to account for. You can contact a plumber to help with the installation of filtration systems for water treatment of your well. For more information, contact local professionals like Water Tec.