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Why is My Water Heater Not Providing Enough Hot Water?

tank-water-heaterYour water heater is one of the hardest working home appliances you have. It provides you with hot water multiple times a day, every day, throughout the year. So, it can be very frustrating when the water heater suddenly stops providing hot water for whatever reasons. There are a number of possible factors that can prevent your water heater from heating the water inside it properly. Read on to find out more about these different factors, and what can be done about them.

Clogged Burner Assembly

If you’re using a gas water heater, you need to be aware that the burner assembly that actually combusts the gas can become clogged with carbon particles over time. These particles build up as a natural result of combusting natural gas. But, if they build up too much the jets in the assembly will have difficulty igniting. If the jets don’t ignite, the system will be unable to provide heat. Having a professional clean out your burner assembly should resolve this issue.

Sediment Buildup

If your home has hard water issues, or it’s been a while since you’ve had the water heater tuned-up, there might be sediment buildup in the tank or heat exchanger. This will insulate the water inside the system from the heat being generated by the burner assembly. You’ll need to have the system flushed out in order to resolve this issue. If the sediment is built up enough to form limescale, it may need to be manually scraped out as well. This should only be done by a professional technician.

Douglas Cooling & Heating provides a full range of water heater repair and maintenance services in Birmingham, AL. If your water heater isn’t heating properly, or is experiencing any other problems, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.

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