When to Service a Tankless Water Heater
A tankless water heater has an amazing capacity for energy savings, space efficiency, and long-lasting usability. Even with all of these great qualities, it is a machine with many moving parts, after all, and needs servicing. Be on the lookout for these warning signs that let you know when it is time to call a plumber to service your tankless water heater:
- Water leakage
Water pooling under the unit can indicate a serious leak. If the temperature & pressure (T&P) valve is not as tight as it should be, or if it is corroded near the tank’s opening, it may need to be replaced. Another cause of water leakage can be that the drain valve has collected built-up water and needs to be replaced. A worst case scenario is that the tank itself has corroded due to sediment buildup, in which case the whole unit needs to be replaced.
- Hot water dilemmas
There can be many causes for the fluctuations of hot water emitting from your tankless water heater. If an error code appears on the control panel, it can prevent heat from coming until the system is reset. The problem can also be a crossover of the plumbing, which results in the cold water mixing with the hot water. Another culprit can be a faulty flow sensor. The intermittent hot water can also be the result of the burner’s flame rod not working properly.
- An odd odor
If the venting process is experiencing problems, the heat exchanger can experience acidic condensation, resulting in a dangerous gas leak odor. Another issue may be the gas supply line, which needs to have the correct diameter size to properly fit your unit. If the unit has a funny rotten egg odor, it is most likely because of an accumulation of bacterial iron in water, which may mean the sanitary drain seal needs to be replaced.
- Water pressure is lower
Your tankless water heater may have low water pressure because the input filter has collected too much calcium mineral buildup. There may also be a plumbing obstruction that is affecting the water flow. In this case, the unit needs to be flushed. The issue may even be that the tankless water heater is not large enough for the amount of water used in your household, or perhaps your home’s pipes are simply not large enough to accommodate the unit’s rapid energy consumption.
- Unit is too loud
This problem tends to occur when the fan has collected too much debris. A clicking sound can also happen from flow switch. Another culprit may be the buildup of calcium from the hard water, resulting in a noisy unit. If noise is intolerable, a soft water system may need to be installed.
TEAM PERRY Will Make Sure Your Tankless Water Heater Is Running Efficiently
Do not let tankless water heater issues go untreated. It is best to let the skilled technicians at Perry Plumbing Heating & Air do a once-over maintenance of your unit, to ensure that it is in tip-top form. Allow us to make your tankless water heater work at its most efficient, which will save you money in the long run. Contact us at 619-472-2112, and check out our website at www.perryplumbing.com. Be sure to look over our cost-saving coupons and discounts, and read up on our favorable reviews on Yelp.com and Google Plus. We look forward to hearing from you.