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Beware These Water Heater Problems

Water heaters are built to be as sturdy as possible, but they’re also one of the hardest working appliances in your home. Operating day and night for years puts a lot of wear and tear on the system, which makes it more and more likely for problems to occur. It’s important that you keep watch for any problems that might crop up with your water heater, and one of the best ways to do that is to be familiar with symptoms that the system is in trouble.

Low Output

If you have a lot of people putting demand on the water heater, you’re obviously going to exhaust its supply of hot water eventually. If your water heater seems to be struggling to provide even a moderate amount of hot water, though, it may be that it has a problem of some sort.


Leaks are never a good sign when it comes to hydronic systems. If you spot a leak in your water heater, even if it seems small, don’t ignore it. A leak in the wrong place could lead to all kinds of other catastrophic issues, from poor water circulation to tank ruptures. Have a professional examine the leak as soon as possible.

Inconsistent Heat

If you’re suddenly getting blasts of really cold, or really hot, water coming out of your faucets, it could be an issue with the water heater. Typically, this indicates a problem with the dip tube or the circulation pump. It could also be a problem with the faucet itself, but it’s best to have the water heater examined just in case.

Douglas Cooling & Heating offers water heater repair services throughout Shelby County, AL. If you need water heater services of any kind, call today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.

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