Tankless water heaters offer many advantages over traditional tanked water heaters for homeowners in Selbyville, DE. They last longer, are more energy-efficient, and never run out of hot water, but they can run into some problems. Here are three common issues that tankless water heater owners may encounter.
1. Mineral Buildup
If you have hard water, the minerals in your water can build up on the elements of your water heater over time. Many tankless water heaters have an indicator telling you when they need to be cleaned. This typically needs to be done about every six months.
Commercial flushes are available for the homeowner who wants to try to go it alone. But a qualified plumber can make sure that the job is done right, and none of the sensitive components of your water heater are damaged in this process.
2. Blocked Air Supply
A traditional water heater gathers combustible air from around the unit and exhausts out of the top of the tank and to a chimney. A tankless water heater, on the other hand, gathers its air directly from the outside of your home through a PVC pipe and exhausts through another pipe in the same way.
These pipes are typically cut near the home’s ground level, so things can get inside and block them. Birds nests, rodents and wasps are all common blockages that need to be cleared.
3. Flame Failure
Just like any other water heater, no fire means no heat. This can be caused by a problem with your gas line or with your water heater’s burner. Either way, it’s a problem for a professional to fix; dealing with gas can be very dangerous.
If you have a problem with your tankless water heater or want to learn more about their advantages, call us at Red Dog Heating, Cooling & Plumbing today.
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