You rely on your water heater far more than you probably realize. Every time you use hot water, which is likely multiple times a day, your water heater is working for you. The one time that this becomes painfully obvious is when your water heater stops working for whatever reason. If your water heater output is dropping, you should call for repairs right away. While you’re waiting for the technician to repair it, though, have a look at some of the reasons why your water heater output might be dropping.

Sediment Buildup

In areas with hard water problems, sediment often builds up on the bottom of the water heater tank. In small amounts, this isn’t really a problem. Over time, though, this build-up can become thick enough to actually insulate the tank from the heat of the burner assembly. This essentially stops the water heater from heating water. The solution is to flush out the tank, and possibly scrub out the sediment if it’s stuck to the tank bottom.

Broken Dip Tube

The dip tube is a device that directs all water flowing into the water heater to the bottom of the tank. This is so the fresh, cold water can be heated as fast as possible, and also to prevent you from getting a blast of cold water while you’re taking a shower. If the dip tube becomes cracked or otherwise broken, though, it can leak cold water into the top of the tank where it will be drawn into the plumbing system. That is what leads to random spurts of cold or lukewarm water while you’re using hot water. The tube is typically replaced instead of repaired, but it’s a simple procedure.

If you need water heater repairs, call The Trusted Plumber. We provide water heater services throughout Peoria, AZ.  

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