Water Heater Repairs in Hartford, CT

There are different types of water heaters, such as gas or electric. A gas water heater has a burner at the bottom and a flue on top; an electric one is powered by a large electrical hookup. This article will deal with the general problems involving both types of water heaters. We are proud to provide (and service) products by prestigious companies such as the following: Rheem, AO Smith and Bradford White.

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No Hot Water

With a water heater, the most common complaint is that it doesn’t heat water at all. Because a gas water heater operates much differently than an electric water heater, dealing with a water heater that doesn’t work at all will depend on whether it is gas or electric.

Not Enough Hot Water or Water Too Hot

Two of the most common problems with hot water heaters are that they produce water that is either not hot enough or too hot. The quickest and most obvious first step is to adjust the temperature dial on the front of the water heater, wait a little while, and then check the water temperature with a faucet. But if adjusting the temperature dial doesn’t do the trick, try the methods below.

Not Enough Hot Water

If there isn't enough hot water, usually the culprit is an undersized water heater. If the problem is chronic, or you have increased your needs for hot water by installing a big new bathtub or a high-flow shower head, then you'll probably need to get a new, larger water heater. This would be a good time to look into tankless water heaters, because with this type, you'll never run out of hot water. On the other hand, if you've had your fill of hot water in the past but suddenly your water heater seems to supply less hot water, first check the dial on the water heater. 

NOTE: If outdoor temperatures have dropped significantly, your water heater must work harder to heat and maintain the cold inbound water, and the water cools more as it travels through pipes that run through unheated spaces. This calls for adjusting the water heater’s dial to a slightly hotter temperature.

Don't forget to make sure that the water heater isn't leaking. If neither of these issues are the problem, then flush the water heater tank to be sure that mineral deposits are not reducing the efficiency of the heater.

This is also a good time to test that the temperature-pressure relief valve, which keeps pressure from building up too much in the boiler, is in proper working order. Lift or lower its handle. Water should drain from the overflow pipe. 

If all of these measures still won't get the job done, then the dip tube that supplies cold water to the tank may be broken or cracked. The dip tube is a plastic tube that's supposed to direct cold water to the bottom of the water heater tank, but when it breaks or splits, then cold water pours in at the top of the tank and mixes with hot water that is on its' way to the hot water pipes.

If you want a surefire way to get that pesky water heater repaired, we at Climate Partners will be happy to help you save on cost with premium service. If you’re in Hartford, CT,  or in the surrounding areas, don’t hesitate to call 860-325-4143 or visit contact Climate Partners.

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