Fix These Common Tankless Water Heater Problems
Conventional water heaters store gallons of water and keep it constantly heated to a set temperature, which wastes energy. Imagine a scenario where water is heated only as it’s needed, and then imagine the savings. Of course no system is without issues, including a demand-type heater. Here are some common tankless water heater problems you may encounter and tips on how to fix them.
Low Water Pressure
Inadequate water pressure makes it tedious to perform everyday tasks such as showering or laundry. Begin troubleshooting by ensuring there aren’t too many applications drawing water at the same time, followed by these tips:
- Check with your utility company to make sure the pressure issue isn’t on their end.
- A reduction in gas pressure can reduce the flow of water in an effort to meet the chosen output temperature.
- Your plumber should ensure there are no obstructions in the water filter, fixtures or plumbing.
Hot Water Fluctuations
Bursts of cold water infiltrating the hot water supply line can be frustrating. Check the water filter on the cold water intake to ensure it’s free of debris before calling for service. Your contractor will:
- Make sure the venting pipe is long enough
- Check the flow sensor for signs of damage
- Ensure the gas line is properly sized and for the maximum BTU
- Look for a fluctuation in the plumbing network
Water Is Too Hot
One of the most common tankless water heater problems is uncomfortably hot water. If you’re facing this issue, check the following:
- Verify that the temperature isn’t set too high, and reduce it if necessary to prevent scalding.
- Water flow may be reduced due to obstructions in the filter or plumbing, or due to a clogged tap or shower head.
- Have your contractor check the temperature sensor, which may be broken or misaligned.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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