To prevent emergency power outages, most tankless water heater repair experts recommend contacting them immediately. This can help avoid further damage and lower the cost of repairs. When there is a problem, getting a professional can ensure the issue is diagnosed properly and any potential solutions can be explored.
In most cases of standard water heaters, problems are fixed by removing the tank, checking the electrical connections and then fixing any problems discovered during this process. However, in some cases tankless water heater repair requires something more extensive to ensure that your heating system is running at its maximum capacity. Typical tankless water heater repair issues can include leaks or corroded valves, blown fuses, and clogged drains.
Leaks occur quite often with tankless water heaters because the tanks are constructed from materials that don’t lend themselves to leak proofing. Tankless water heaters using natural gas as their primary fuel source are particularly at risk for leaks. In most instances, the leak can be detected and repaired but in some cases a natural gas leak may not be detected for months, causing significant damage to the tank or its replacement. Any leak detected should be reported immediately so that it can be resolved and the possibility of more leaks can be prevented.
Damaged valves are another common problem with tankless water heaters. Since conventional water heaters use a solenoid valve to control pressurization, if this solenoid malfunctions, the flow of air and water is suddenly interrupted. This is also the case with tankless heaters that use natural gas as their primary fuel source. Since natural gas is a very reliable and widely available resource, this is usually an easy fix. A broken solenoid valve can usually be fixed by replacing the old component with a new one, while a damaged drain line can often be repaired by adding a new drain line.
Another popular problem associated with tankless water heaters is the presence of scale deposits inside the pipes that connect the hot water tank to the rest of the house. If you are going tankless, you need to take extra precautions when it comes to keeping scale buildup to a minimum. If you do not have a properly drained and sealed system, scale will build up and make your entire hot water heating system less efficient. Fortunately, professional plumbers can easily repair most plumbing problems with ease, making it an affordable and reliable solution for homeowners who are considering switching over to tankless hot water heaters.
Problems in the plumbing can also be quite costly and inconvenient. For instance, when a toilet clog occurs, you will have to call in professional repairs as waiting for plumber to arrive could mean disrupting household activities for days while your toilet is fixed. A similar issue can occur with a clogged storm drain. While waiting for a plumber to arrive, you might find yourself having to stay home because you cannot use the bathroom. These issues are all too common among people who are deciding on tankless water heater repairs.
Tankless water heaters are by far more energy efficient than traditional systems and allow you to cut back on your electric bill while saving you money on gas bills. However, they also require plumbing work. If you are thinking of installing one in your home, be sure to call us for an estimate before you start spending money on repairs. You can even choose to have the whole system replaced instead of having repairs take place if you are ready to go ahead and replace the system.