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Water Heater Trouble? Signs To Watch For

Has Your Water Heater Seen Better Days?

water heater repair massachusettsWater heaters are one of those appliances that folks don’t think about much. Out of sight, out of mind….until something goes wrong. Not having easy access to hot water can really put a damper on your happy home life, since no matter what the weather is outside, everyone needs to shower, do laundry, wash hands, cook, and more – daily.

Such constant usage adds up to a good deal of wear and tear for water heaters. And the harder your water heater works, the greater chance it will need repair or replacement – at the most inconvenient time, of course. Don’t worry, though; the Middlesex County and Norfolk County, MA energy experts at Needham Oil can tackle all of your water heater problems.

Ice Cold Water: Cold Showers are No Fun in the Winter

Brrrrrrrr. If you’ve got zero hot water in your home, you’ll want to do some troubleshooting ASAP. With an electric water heater, start by checking that the appliance is actually getting power. You may need to replace or a reset a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse. Next, take a look at the high temperature settings. It is possible that your water heater may need to be reset if the temperature has recently reached its upper limit.

Lukewarm Water: Not Ideal

Lukewarm water may not give you hypothermia, but it doesn’t exactly make for an enjoyable bath or shower, either. A faulty heating element could be to blame. One sign your heating element is on the fritz is if your water heater used to work perfectly fine, but now the heat is uneven, unpredictable, or doesn’t last long.

Faulty Gas Valve, Pilot Light or Burner

A gas-powered water heater may have a problem with it gas valve, pilot light or burner. Whether a tube or vent is obstructed, a thermocouple or gas valve has stopped working, or the gas line has air in it, Needham Oil experts can investigate.

The Water Temperature Rollercoaster

If the warmth of the water in your home is all over the map, take a look at your thermostat settings, which could need adjustment during different seasons. The temperature that feels ideal to you may change, depending on how hot or cold it is outside. Likewise, water being stored in the winter starts off from a colder baseline temperature.

Water Takes Forever to Heat

Malfunctioning or worn-out thermostat sensors can cause water to take too long to heat. On the opposite extreme, a broken thermostat pressure valve could enable the water to reach scalding hot temperatures, which can be very dangerous, especially if you have kids or grandkids.

Your Water Heater is Leaking

Water belongs inside your water heater, not on or around it. Corrosion, loose valves or faulty connectors can all lead to leaks. An experienced technician can determine whether parts need to be tightened or replaced.

Needham Oil Can Give Your Water Heater the TLC it Needs or Help You Upgrade

Many water heater problems can easily be remedied, and others require more expertise. An experienced Needham Oil expert can examine your water heater, diagnose any issues, and perform necessary maintenance.

Or, you may decide it’s time to upgrade to a more energy-efficient water heater that offers rebates and can save you money in the long-run. Whether you want the latest cutting-edge water heating solution, or prefer a tried-and-true storage-tank unit, Needham Oil Complete Heating and Cooling offers you options. No matter which type of water heater you choose, every water heater we install is covered by a manufacturer’s warranty, and we stand behind our installations with a 100%-satisfaction guarantee.

Contact us to become a new customer and our water heater equipment experts can explain your options and help you choose the right unit for your home.