Tankless Water Heater Problems and How to Deal With Them

RTM Design • Nov 30, 2022

Tankless water heater

Tankless Water Heaters are steadily becoming the norm in American households. And with their inherent benefits, it’s easy to see why. As popular as they are, however, they also have their fair share of problems. But fret not. Trust 1 Services is a leading HVAC and plumber contractor dedicated to offering the best water heater repair in Quincy, MA. While we offer numerous services, tankless water heaters are the appliances we deal with most.

Below is a look at the most common tankless water heater problems and how you can deal with them.

Cold Water Sandwich

This is one of the most common issues people with a tankless water heater experience. It is when warm water flows for a short time, followed by cold water, and then warm water again. This happens because of the cold water in the pipes. The solution is usually to let the water flow for a few seconds before showering.

Ignition Failure

These water heaters have an ignition system to ignite natural gas or propane. Ignition failure could happen when the client runs out of propane or if the water and gas valves are partially closed. If these are not the issue, it could indicate an issue with the ignition pack or more severe problems. If this is the case, we recommend calling a professional immediately for water heater maintenance to check and replace or repair faulty parts.

Exhaust Pipes Blockages

If clients use propane or natural gas, technicians usually integrate exhaust pipes leading outside the house during a water heater installation. Most of these have an error code that notifies the homeowner of a blockage, resulting in issues with venting or combustion. We recommend having the exhaust pipes inspected to determine the cause of the blockage and either remove them or call the professionals depending on the location and extent.

Mineral Buildup

Hard water has minerals like magnesium and calcium that slowly coat the interior of the heater and its pipes. We recommend installing a water softener in the home or flushing the water heater twice a year to counter its effects.

Trust 1 Services is the place to go for water heater replacement and maintenance services. Contact us today for more information.

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