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Signs of Water Heater Trouble to Watch For

Top Clues That Your Water Heater Needs Attention

water heater repair pennsylvaniaWater heaters are one of the most important appliances in your home. We use water heaters daily, year-round. Regardless of how hot or cold it is outside, we all need to shower, wash clothing, wash our hands, cook, and more – every day. All of this means that water heaters get put through a lot of wear and tear. Although most newer water heaters are built to last, the more energy the appliance expends, the greater chance that it will experience a failure of one of its parts or components. Fortunately, you’re in good hands with the Pennsylvania energy experts at Oehlert Bros.

Hot Water, What Hot Water?

No hot water at all, anywhere in your home? If you have an electric water heater, you’ll want to check your power source to make sure it’s receiving power. You may need to replace or a reset a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse. Double-check the high temperature limit. Sometimes, your water heater may need to be reset if the temperature has reached its cut-off.

Water is Lukewarm or Gets Cold Quickly

A faulty heating element could be the culprit. A clue that the heating element may be going bad is if your water heater previously provided ample hot water at the desired temperature, but seems to have lost potency, producing either water that is not hot enough, or doesn’t last as long. If you are looking for an economical way to produce more hot water in your home, a super-efficient indirect hot water maker may be just the right solution for you.

Wonky Gas Valves, Pilot Lights and Burners

Electric and gas-powered water heaters work differently and can experience unique problems. A gas-powered water heater may have a problem with it gas valve, pilot light or burner, for a number of reasons. Some are simple fixes and others require more expertise. Whether a tube or vent is dirty or blocked, a thermocouple or gas valve is going bad, or you have air in your gas line, we can help.

Consistently Too Hot or Too Cold

Check your thermostat settings. Your thermostat may need to be adjusted when it’s cold outside, send the water being heated will be starting from a colder temperature. It’s also possible the thermostat sensor is broken and needs to be replaced. Faulty thermostats can cause water to take too long to heat. Less commonly, a faulty thermostat pressure valve could allow water to get too hot, which can be dangerous, especially for children.

A Suspicious Puddle Near your Water Heater

A suspicious puddle is never a good sign, in any context, is it? Leaks can occur if the valves or connectors need to be tightened or replaced, or if the tank itself is corroded.

A Corroded Tank. Yuck!

Corrosion typically happens in older model water heaters. Rusty or discolored water Is the telltale sign that your tank needs to be upgraded. Get in touch with the water heating professionals at Oehlert Bros. and we’ll tell you all about tankless water heaters and how they’ll make the quality of life in your home so much better!

If Your Water Heater Hasn’t Had a Checkup Recently, Call Oehlert Bros.!

Without regular maintenance, the chances of having a water heater problem increase further. Fortunately, there are many water heater issues that have a relatively simple fix. An experienced Oehlert Bros. energy expert can diagnose your water heater problem and help you decide how to move forward. Making sure you have the hot water you need this Pennsylvania winter is our number one priority, so become a customer today!