When you have a water heater in your home that is professionally installed, it should give you more than a decade of reliable use. That doesn’t mean there won’t be issues along the way, but you will have a source of hot water you can rely on for baths and showers, doing dishes and washing laundry.
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Do You Run Out of Hot Water?
Even when a water heater has been installed correctly, there are times when your family may run out of hot water. This commonly occurs when the needs of the household exceed the amount of hot water in the tank. If you have a large family or several applications are using hot water at the same time, you may end up running out until the tank fills up again.
Many homeowners find switching to a larger tank is the answer for these instances, but if you’re running out and aren’t using it more than usual, you may have a leak in the tank. Sometimes, you can see water leaking from around the base of the tank, but if that obvious sign isn’t there, a plumber can come in and find the leak for you. Aside from less hot water, other signs of a leak include lower water pressure and higher water bills.
Why Your Water Heater Is Broken
If the cause of your water heater malfunction isn’t damage that has caused a leak, regular aging of the system could be to blame.
Like with any appliance, the older your water heater gets, the less efficient it will be. Since it is dependent on a thermostat to heat the water to the correct temperature, problems with the wiring in the thermostat can also be to blame.
Many other common causes lead to water heater malfunction, such as:
- Thermostat Malfunction: The thermostat controls the temperature of the water heater. If this component is broken or malfunctioning, you may lose your hot water or get scalded.
- Electrical Component Failure: Modern water heaters rely on their electrical components to function efficiently. If wires are corroded or the electrical system has shorted out, you may lose hot water completely.
- Potential Physical Damage: Cracks or dents to the unit can lead to other problems with the water heater. If you notice physical damage to the unit, call for hot water tank repair right away.
- Thermocouple Problems: This safety device is an essential part of your gas water heater. It senses when the pilot is not lit and shuts down the gas valve
- Dirty Pilot & Burner Assembly: Periodic cleaning prevents water heater outages.
Whatever the issue may be, rest assured knowing our expert water heater technicians can easily diagnose your situation and get your household up and running in no time.