Most homeowners must have at least experienced temperature sensor failure water heater, which affects their convenience and comfort in accessing the hot water. If you live in cool or even cold areas, you want your heater to remain on and function properly – unless you enjoy a cold shower.
Unfortunately, not all homeowners understand how to care for and maintain their water heaters. Many of them don’t even know the function of every part or detail! In order to prevent sensor failure, make sure that you understand your heater and how it works, including the signs of possible trouble.
Water Heater Sensor Failure
The temperature sensor on the heater functions as the signal switch. It ‘notifies’ the gas control valve to terminate or release the gas supply. The mechanism would be based on the (water) temperature compared to the pre-determined levels. However, the temperature sensor may experience defects or damage, just like other mechanical parts.
If there is a failure of the temperature sensor, the water may stay cold, it may overheat, or it may not have enough hot water. There are actually some common signs that you need to be aware of, and they aren’t limited to the warmth level of the water only. You should also find signs of strange noises or even leak from the unit.
Damaged Signs or Symptoms
If your temperature sensor is damaged or failing, you should be aware of these common and pretty obvious signs:
- Water temperature levels. You can either have too cold or too hot water.
- Water leaks. You should check the unit to see whether there is a leak – big or small
- Strange noises, which is possibly happening because of sediment buildup
- Discolored or murky water because of the anode rod being corroded
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And why can the sensor be broken or damaged?
- The connection is somewhat loose
- The sensor has been broken or bent
- It’s worn out
- It has an internal defect or fault
- Debris, dirt, or dust has accumulated on the sensor
How to Fix Temperature Sensor Failure Water Heater
If the sensor is somewhat damaged, there are several things to do:
- Use and access the multimeter. You can use it to determine the temperature sensor’s resistance reading
- Compare that reading to the expected one based on the chart (usually provided by the manufacturer). In the manual, you should be able to find sensor resistance for different temperatures
If the readings aren’t as matched as the recommended range, it’s highly likely damaged. You need to replace it.
Water Heater Temperature Sensor Replacement
If the sensor is damaged, then it should be replaced. However, it takes professional skill to determine whether the part is broken or damaged. Although you may see a lot of DIY tutorials out there, it’s not really advisable to do the inspection on your own unless you are a certified professional.
If nothing is seriously damaged and the sensor can be fixed, it may cost less than $200. But if you have to replace the sensor, expect to spend at least $200. And if you have to deal with major repairs, the cost can increase quickly. And the last thing you want to do is to damage your heater even further.
If you suspect anything is wrong with the heater, it’s better to contact a certified and licensed professional and have your heater checked. Many homeowners believe that they can perform DIY work on their own, but in the end, not only do they waste money, but they also waste energy and time.
In many cases, they worsen the problems instead of solving them. So, on the safer side, contact a pro and let them do their job.