With the increasing danger that the planet’s environment is in,and the rising prices of fuel and electricity,many people have chosen to replace the traditional heaters in their homes with tankless water heaters. Unlike the traditional appliances that make use of a large tank to store heated water,the newer innovations simply heat water up immediately upon demand,thus saving all the energy required to keep a large tank of water continuously heated. Despite the superior technology of these devices,however,there are occasions when tankless water heater repairs are necessary.
There are some common problems that affect both the versions. Among those most frequently complained of by homeowners are inadequate gas pressure,insufficiently hot water and rust-colored water.
Inadequate Gas Pressure
Due to the demands placed on tankless water heaters to heat water to usable temperatures immediately and upon demand,a great deal of gas is used to provide that instantaneous heat. In order to maintain the effectiveness of the heating system,the gas supply that provides the fuel for heating must be kept at high pressure. If the gas pressure is not high enough,the appliance might be able to provide sufficient heating for a single source of hot water,but not enough to provide hot water to multiple sources. Using hot water in the shower and the kitchen sink at the same time could overwhelm your appliance.
Inadequate Heating Capacity
Related to the problem of heaters being overtaxed by demands for hot water from multiple sources is inadequate heating capacity even for a single source. Sometimes,this is caused by the same problem of there being insufficient gas pressure to provide fuel for adequate heating. This problem can also be caused by improper installation that has resulted in the cold and hot water mixing within the heater,or simply that the gadget’s specifications do not match the heating requirements of the household.
Susceptibility To Rust
Finally,there is the problem of brownish or rust-colored water. Even with modern technology,there are still parts of tankless devices that are susceptible to rust. In order to combat corrosion,manufacturers place ‘sacrificial’ rods within the heaters. These rods rust before any other part of the heater does,and sometimes when corrosion becomes too heavy the rust from the rods escapes and enters the water exiting the system. This is a definite sign that the rods need to be changed.
It could also be a sign that there is a more pressing problem with the heater,as the rods may be corroding faster than they should be,so much so that the rust is actually noticeably coloring the water. In this case,a pipe might be leaking or the system designed to divert condensation from the heat exchange might not be performing as it should be.
While these problems certainly have to be addressed immediately in order to avoid further inconvenience,there is no need to fret as there are professionals who specialize in tankless water heater repairs. With the right hands on the job,your device will be up and running in no time at all.