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Common Water Heater Problems

Water heaters are very sturdy systems, but they have problems from time to time like any other. When your water heater develops problems, you should call for repairs as soon as possible. The faster you can get your water heater repaired, the more damage you can prevent. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the symptoms that your water heater is in trouble.

Uneven Heat

If you are experiencing random spurts of cold water interspersed with hot water, either while you’re taking a shower or washing dishes or any other time, it’s an indication that your water heater is malfunctioning. There are a couple of different reasons for this problem, including a broken feed tube or a dirty burner assembly. Regardless of the issue, though, you really should call for repairs if you keep experiencing this problem.

Pilot Light Not Working

The pilot light is the ignition device for natural gas powered burner assemblies. There are a wide variety of different pilot light types, from gas powered to heating elements and electrodes. If the pilot light doesn’t work, though, the water heater won’t be able to start the burner assembly and actually heat any water. Reasons for pilot light failure vary drastically, depending on the type of pilot light you have. Without that pilot light, though, your water heater is pretty much useless. So, it’s a good idea to call for repairs if your pilot light is having issues.

Loss of Output

If your water heater just can’t seem to provide enough hot water to meet demand, a couple of things could be going wrong. Your burner assembly might need cleaning, or there might be sediment buildup on the bottom of the storage tank. If it’s addressed quickly enough, however, the problem can probably be rectified and the system returned to normal.

If you need water heater repairs, call Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. We serve the entire Gaithersburg, MD area.

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