A water heater has one job. The only job is to provide all of the hot water your family requires.
If your water heater is not doing its job, in other words not keeping up with your family’s needs, it might be time to have a professional plumber inspect your unit to be sure all of the settings are correct – or determine if it’s at the end of its service life.
Hot water is used in many daily tasks performed in your home. So when you are not getting enough hot water – or experience bursts of hot and cold – your water heater may need attention. Or what many homeowners fear, a new water heater is needed.
The good news is a new water heater is not always needed – but a repair may be.
Common Reasons For A Water Heater To Perform Inconsistently
If your water heater is not providing enough hot water, there may be some adjustments that can be made to correct the problem.
Broken Dip Tube
The dip tube is a long section of pipe leading to the bottom of the water heater tank connecting with the cold water supply line. Colder water settles to the bottom of the tank. There, an electric heating element or gas burner heats the water. As the water heats up, heated water naturally rises over the colder (denser) water. If the Dip Tube is broken or cracked, cold water will remain around the top of the tank. This results in cold spurts of water or tepid water. A trained technician can easily replace a Dip Tube.
Another reason for uneven heated water or no heat at all is there may be a problem with the burner or heating element. The burner may get too much gas or too little gas delivered. Or, condensation could be dripping onto the burner. With an electric element, there may not be enough power for the unit.
If a water heater is too small for a family’s needs, it will never supply enough hot water. Conversely, an oversized water heater costs more to install and operate. An experienced plumbing professional will make sure you get a water heater sized properly for your needs. They will be able to do the calculations needed to size you water heater correctly.
Don’t Automatically Expect The Worst From Your Water Heater
Professionally installed water heater systems are less likely to need repair compared to units installed by amateurs. Installation or inspection by plumbing professionals will ensure temperature and pressure valves are working properly, the heating element is functioning properly and nothing is overlooked.
If you need water heater repair in Middleton or Cross Plains WI, make sure an experienced plumber is there to help inspect, repair or select your new water heater.
If you have any questions about your Middleton WI water heater installation, call 608-798-2121 or email the water heater installation pros at Sauk Plains Plumbing and Pump. We’ll be happy to assist you. In addition to serving Middleton WI, we serve Waunakee, Cross Plains, Black Earth, Mount Horeb and western Dane County.
We are ready to help you with the repair or installation of your water heater in Cross Plains and Middleton WI.