Many homeowners and business owners install tankless water heaters as an investment. These units are highly efficient and can save you money by heating water on demand. Although these units are particularly robust, problems can still arise. When they do, called bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of Richmond, VA to resolve the problem and restore your hot water supply.
Common problems for tankless water heaters may include:
Keep reading to learn more about these plumbing issues related to tankless water heaters.
Mineral buildup is a problem for both traditional and tankless water heaters. Hard water has a high mineral content. The more minerals in the water, the higher the risk that buildup can cause damage to your tankless water heater.
Calcium and magnesium form scaly buildup that can damage your water heater if left unaddressed. We can set up a maintenance schedule to flush your water heater twice a year with a mineral descale. Water softener also helps slow buildup. Our water heater specialists may have other recommendations once they see the problems you are experiencing.
Depending on the capacity of your tankless water heater, too many demands can overload the system. For instance, if you have the dishwasher going, more than one shower taking place and a load of laundry on the hot water cycle, your water heater may struggle to supply enough hot water to meet your demand. It could even shut down altogether once overloaded.
In the short term, you should decrease the number of simultaneous uses of hot water in your home. You can also reset the unit. If you find that your tankless water heater becomes overloaded often, you may need to upgrade your unit with one that has a higher capacity. You can also add a second unit to better meet your demand without jeopardizing your hot water supply or the functionality of your existing tankless hot water heater.
If you have a large household where everyone takes showers at the same time, you’re probably familiar with running out of hot water while you’re under the showerhead.
When the first shower ends, there may be some hot water remaining in the pipes. However, by the time you get in, the warm water turns cold almost immediately. tankless water heaters are known as instantaneous water heaters. However, they still need time to heat the water. The further the water travels to the shower, the more noticeable this gap becomes. The best solution is to wait a few minutes before jumping in the shower once someone else has finished.
Constantly straining the system can decrease the lifespan of your tankless hot water heater. If you suspect something is wrong with your tankless water heater, call us today and we can inspect the entire system.
Most units display an error code if the exhaust or air supply have become blocked. Make sure you read the manual for your unit so that you recognize the error. You can try to resolve the problem yourself or contact us to send a knowledgeable tankless water heater technician to your home. Keep in mind that a problem with air combustion or ventilation can result in a fire hazard.
When you call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of Richmond, VA, we check the vent pipes to make sure there are no holes and that the connections are intact. We have seen everything from rodents to wasps to birds make cozy nests in tankless water heater ductwork. Whatever the problem is, we’ll make sure you get a satisfactory solution so that you can use your unit again.
If your tankless water heater doesn’t ignite, there may be an issue with the gas supply (for gas-powered units). If the propane tank has gas in it, open the water and gas valves to ensure favorable ignition conditions. If that doesn’t work, contact us to send a technician over immediately. There could be a bigger issue brewing. We can troubleshoot, order replacement parts if needed and handle the installation to get your unit running safely.
This is another issue unique to gas-powered tankless water heaters. Flame failure is most likely caused by an issue with your electrical system or gas pressure.
Possible causes include:
Contact a qualified plumber to find and fix the problem.
Tankless water heaters are efficient and save you money. Typically, they are also very low maintenance. However, when something goes wrong, you’ll need a seasoned professional to get your unit in working order quickly.
Contact bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of Richmond, VA today at 804-538-2583 for all your plumbing needs. We know a lot more than how to fix your water heater!
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