Ohhh No! Cold Water!!!
If you step into the shower or turn on the kitchen faucet expecting hot water only to be greeted by a cold spray, it’s time to get your water heater checked. Most most of water heaters’ repairs are best left to experts like us at QUINNAIR Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. But it’s always good to know what the common hot water issues are, what causes them and some simple maintenance tips to prevent them from happening.
Common Water Heater Issues
Leaking Tank– This issue may mean you need to replace the entire tank. But if the leak comes from a pipe or valve connected to the system, the repairs are more straightforward.
- Sediment Buildup – This problem is often accompanied by a knocking/pinging sound. The sediment that accumulates at the base of the tank absorbs a lot of heat from the water, which stresses the heating elements, reducing their effectiveness & shortening their lifespan.
- Faulty Heating System – If you have neglected regular maintenance or if the system is over 10 years old, it’s heating element, thermostat or thermal switch may fail, and you will have cold water coming out of taps and showers in your home.
Diagnosing and fixing these issues is best left to professionals like the ones at our company. We offer prompt and reliable water heater servicessuch as installation, repair, and replacements.
Water Heater Maintenance Tips
Follow these maintenance tips to increase the lifespan and efficiency of water heaters. Before starting, turn off the gas supply and then go through these steps:
- Mini Flush the system and remove all the sediment from the tank.
- Test the temperature and pressure (T&P) valve. Check whether it is functioning correctly and that there are no signs of a leak.
- Reduce the temperature of the system. Water heaters are typically set to operate at 130 to 140°F. But the U.S. DOE recommends that you set them at 120°F.
Professional Water Heater Maintenance
Hire professionals like us for reliable and cost-effective water heater services such as regular maintenance. Our team can identify potential problems and fix them before they get out of hand. Timely intervention helps maintain the condition and increase the lifespan of water heaters.