6 Signs Your Tankless Water Heater Need a Repair

05/28/2020

The most effective way of providing hot water to your home would be the installation of tankless water heaters. At present their reliability is unmatched, especially if combined with extensive energy saving benefits. Some advantages include constant flow of hot water, compact size, and lower utility bills.

However, as any other piece of mechanical equipment, tankless water heaters wear off. That’s why it’s important to identify some of the signs of needed repairs early to be able to prevent the water heater failure.

If you observe any of the signs mentioned below, it’s the right time to have an experienced plumber from Brea/Orange County Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning visit your home for the water heater inspection.

  1. Excessive Water Accumulation Near the Heater

It’s crucial for hot water to stay inside of your water heater until you need it. Although leaking is rare in tankless water heater units, it does occur if there is a loose valve or fitting. Once you notice water starting to leak and collect near the base of the tankless water heater, it is in trouble. These types of leaks are often the first indication that your unit is failing and requires replacement. It is recommended to contact a plumber asap for service. If not handled quickly, it can lead to mold, structural damage to your floor and walls, and more.

  1. No Hot Water

If your water heater does not produce hot water or water is not getting hot enough, it is a clear sign that something is wrong with the unit. There could be a problem with your system’s heating element or its fuel source. In this case it would be best to consult a professional plumber.

  1. Water Heater Shuts Off

If your tankless water heater shuts itself off, it is not good. It probably happens because the unit’s filter is clogged. The water heater creates very hot exhaust, and if it is not properly ventilated, it will cause the breakdown.

  1. Strange Taste or Color in Your Water

Since the tankless water heaters do not have a reservoir for sediment to form in, there shouldn’t be any discoloration or strange tastes in your water. So it is a warning sign that something is wrong with your unit.

  1. Weird Noises

While it’s ok to hear a clicking noise coming from your tankless water heater, sounds of knocking, humming, or screeching are not normal. Contact a professional to further diagnose the problem.

  1. You have no clue when the water heater was purchased or replaced

If you don’t know, when your water heater was manufactured, try to find the serial number and look it up online. If your water heater is over 10 years old, consider replacing it, because it might be very close to the end of its operational lifespan. The least you can do is to order an inspection from a plumbing contractor to make sure that your water heater is still safely working.

Not all the signs were mentioned here, so in case of any unknown situation, it is better to consult a pro and at Brea/Orange County Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning you can find one. With over 50 years’ experience in plumbing industry, our team will gladly assist you with any problem with your tankless water heater. Contact our team today!

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