Tankless water heaters are fantastic devices for homeowners looking to save money on their hot water needs. Tankless water heaters are also long-lived appliances, often outlasting tank water heaters. But they will occasionally need repairs.
We’ve provided a list of some useful signs that it’s time to call us for water heater repair in Ucluelet, BC because of a tankless water heater problem.
A decrease in water pressure
This is one of the more common issues that can affect a tankless water heater. Standard water heaters can run into this problem for a variety of reasons, but with a tankless water heater it usually means clogging within the pipes and the water intake and outtake.
These pipes are narrow to allow for the most effective heating from burners, but this also makes them more susceptible to becoming clogged due to limescale deposits. You’ll need professionals to clean the water heater pipes, and you may also wish to consider installing a water softener.
The water temperature is fluctuating
Tankless water heaters will occasionally have temperature fluctuations, which is a side-effect of how they operate. But if you start to notice these fluctuations occurring frequently, it can warn of trouble with water flow through the system or a failing heating system.
Not enough hot water
A major benefit of a tankless water heater is that it won’t run out of hot water the way a tank system does. It is always heating up more water as it works.
So if you notice that you’re not getting enough hot water from your tankless system, it can mean a major problem. It is possible for a tankless water heater to become overwhelmed if multiple taps are on at once, so check to see if this is happening.
If you can’t explain the drop in hot water volume, call for technicians—there may be trouble with the gas burners or heating elements.
Water pooling below the water heater
Most tankless water heaters are mounted in walls in basements. If you see water pooling below where the water heater is installed, it’s probably because the tankless water heater is leaking—and a water heater should never leak. Shut off the unit and call us for repairs right away.
Water is heating up too slowly
Because tankless water heaters don’t store hot water, they can’t deliver hot water to taps as fast as a storage tank water heater. You’ll get used to the delay in the arrival of hot water, but if you notice that it’s taking longer and longer than normal, the water heater is likely starting to fail.
The water heater displays an error code
Tankless water heaters are advanced pieces of equipment that will display error codes when something malfunctions, similar to vehicle dashboard warning lights. If you see an error code on your water heater, you can look it up in the unit’s documentation. Don’t continue to use the water heater until you’ve got the error code resolved.
Temprite Climate Solutions and handle all your tankless water heater repairs and other services. For a job done right, call Temprite!