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Common Reasons Why Your Hot Water Isn’t Working

Common Reasons Why Your Hot Water Isn't WorkingHot water heaters usually work without a hitch. However, like all machines, they can wear out and breakdown as time passes. To that end, the following are some common problems you may come across as the years pass by:

  • Water never gets hot. The elements within electric water heaters can burn out, which can make it difficult for your heater to warm up water. Furthermore, it’s possible that the dip tube from the cold water supply may have deteriorated. When this happens, cold water goes into the hot water feed pipe.
  • Water heater shuts off randomly. The most common cause of random shutoff is the pilot light being blown out. Oftentimes, this is caused by a draft blowing through the room or an obstructed gas flow. If you notice a foul smell, it means you have a gas leak and should have the unit inspected immediately.
  • Rust in the water. Red water is a sign that your hot water tank is rusting inside. This is a critical problem because as the unit rusts, it’s structural integrity will weaken, which could lead to a catastrophic failure.
  • Hard water. If you’re noticing plenty of scale on the walls of your shower, then you may have a sediment build-up problem within your hot water heater. As this builds up, the sediment will decrease the efficiency of your hot water heater.
  • Won’t hold temperature. If your hot water temperature isn’t stable, then your thermostat may be malfunctioning. If this is the case, simply replace the device.
  • There’s no water. This is the classic sign of a leak, and if you’re noticing a considerably slow flow, it’s a good possibility that your pressure-relief valves aren’t functioning properly.

There’s no need to get into hot water when your hot water heater stops working. If your water heater is on the fritz, we invite you to contact Arpi’s Industries, Ltd. for more information about the services we have offer.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Calgary, Alberta about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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