Why is it taking so long for the water in my home to heat up?

Why is it taking so long for the water in my home to heat up?

Signs Your Water Heater Needs Maintenance


Reading Water Heater MaintenanceYour water heater provides you with an invaluable service and is constantly called upon to perform day in and day out regardless of the weather. During the winter months it must work harder. Yet it is during the winter when you most enjoy taking a hot shower or bath or even getting your hands warm in a sink of dishes! We have the expertise to identify problems with your water heater and to fix them. An occasional water heater inspection is a good idea for any home owner. Listed below are common problems that may interfere with you water heater’s high and regular performance. Also listed are ways to identify the presence of such issues.

A common sign of trouble is the water not being hot enough on a continual basis. It is normal of course for you to get a cold shower after one or two other people have emptied the hot water from the tank ahead of you. If the water is never hot enough for anyone, you know you have a real issue. Possible problems are as follows: the thermostat is not working properly, the tank’s inner insulation layer has gotten too thin, lime scale or sediment buildup has reduced the effectiveness of the heat-up process by blocking the bottom of the tank.

Another possible issue is that the water is too hot. This can create a danger of scalding. Such burns are very serious, and you should not ignore this problem. Overheating can also erode glass items in your dishwasher.

Another possible sign is that the water heater’s burners do not turn on quickly enough. You may have bad burners, or the thermostat is off and does not send the signal to the burners when the water is at the proper temperature for re-heating.

An obvious sign is leaking. This is an emergency issue, and you should not delay to call for professional help. It may be that pipes are not tight at the joints, or it may be that there is a hole in the heater.

Too high a temperature of your water can cause painful scalding, but too low a temperature can allow bacteria to grow. Consider inspecting your water heater to see if there are any problems. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you need any help. That’s what we are here for.

Is the water heater in your Reading home in need of repairs? Call The Plumbing Works at 610-929-8860 and schedule a service call today!