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How to Identify Problems With Your Water Heater & What to Do About Them

The water heater is critical to keeping a home or business’ water continuously hot and ready to use. However, because it functions in relative obscurity, there is a tendency to overlook its importance. Like any other appliance in the home, water heaters can develop problems. Let’s review the most common issues and how to overcome them:

Water From Your Faucets Looks “Dirty”

Is the water coming out of your faucets a brownish color? This could be a sign of corrosion within the water heater, among other issues. Even if the water does not appear to be brown, it may look dirty or discolored due to scale accumulation on the heating components or debris that has made its way into the hot water outlet.

If this problem is not resolved quickly, your water heater may leak, necessitating an emergency replacement of either the anode rod (the magnesium, aluminum, or zinc rod that helps reduce corrosion) or the entire water heater.

We strongly advise you to have your heating system inspected by a qualified contractor. To take advantage of our exclusive water heater repair services and warranty, contact Frog Heating, Air, & Electrical right away.

Your Water is No Longer Hot

One of the most frustrating experiences for any homeowner is when you go to take a shower on cold weather days, and the water is lukewarm or cold. Another problem associated with this is not enough hot water. This is when the water is hot but then quickly becomes cold again. These are common problems that may signal problems with your water heater.

There are a few common-sense solutions to this problem. The first step is to ensure that the gas pilot light is turned on. If this is the case, the issue could be with the thermocouple, a built-in temperature measuring device that works in conjunction with the pilot light to heat the water.

This problem can also be caused by a faulty thermostat, a water heater that is too small for the demands of the home, or a tripped switch, which can be resolved by checking the circuit breaker.

Water heater maintenance requires an expert. Contact Frog Air, Heating, & Electrical to schedule an appointment. Our licensed plumbers will fix your water heater problems in a professional, safe, and cost-effective manner.

Low Water Pressure

Several different issues may cause low water pressure. These could include anything from the size of the pipes (if you live in an older property) to the valves themselves. In addition, when there is low water pressure, there may be leaks in the water heater system. Regardless of the underlying cause, you need a licensed professional plumber to investigate and diagnose your issues. Frog Air, Heating, & Electrical has a proven track record of reliability and excellence when it comes to troubleshooting and fixing low water pressure problems.

Pilot Light Keeps Going Out

This problem mainly affects older water heaters. The pilot light may need to be kept lit for the larger burner to ignite. If this light keeps turning out, it could be due to a faulty thermocouple cutting off the gas supply. An accumulation of deposits or a drought can also cause the light to go out.

Sometimes, it’s possible to reignite the pilot light on your own. But due to the risks involved, we strongly recommend that you contact a qualified professional.

Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment

Frog Heating, Air & Electrical is a leading expert in heating, cooling, indoor air quality, and electrical services in Nashville, TN. If you’re encountering problems with your water heater, contact us today to schedule an emergency appointment.

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