Frymire Home Services Blog: Archive for ‘Water Heaters’ Category

Why Isn’t My Water Heater Heating?

November 23rd, 2020

Most of us don’t think about our water heaters when they’re doing their job. You ask for hot water, you get it, and life goes on. It’s not until you’re suddenly faced with cold showers that you realize how essential a water heater is to comfortable living. There are many reasons your water heater might stop working. Read on to learn what the most common ones are:

6 Common Reasons Your Water Heater Isn’t Heating

1. It doesn’t have power or fuel – This might be due to different factors, depending on the type of water heater you have:

  • Gas water heaters – You might simply be out of gas. Your water heater’s gas supply valve could also be switched to “OFF.”
  • Electric water heaters – Your unit might have been unplugged, so check to make sure that it is plugged in. Your water heater, or another appliance, could have tripped your circuit breaker. Check to see if any switches in your circuit breaker are switched to the “OFF” position.

2. The thermostat is malfunctioning – If your thermostat is not working at all, you will not have any hot water. If your thermostat is faulty, it might be causing your high limit switch to flip on because it thinks that the water in your tank is exceeding 180 degrees. If this is the case, try to locate and press your water heater’s reset button. If the high limit switch continues to be tripped, you need to have your water heater looked at by a professional.

3. The pilot light is out – Your pilot light can go out due to drafts or an interruption of gas service. If your thermocouple or thermopile is malfunctioning, your pilot light will go out. A corroded gas valve can also prevent your pilot light from staying lit.

4. Water pressure variation – If your water heater is connected directly to the main water supply line, a water pressure increase from a municipal supply could cause your tank to get too full. This could cause your water tank to break at the seams when the water gets hot.

5. Loose parts – Water may leak from loose nuts and bolts. A bad gasket will not seal properly and may also cause a leak. The fix may be as simple as tightening your water heater’s bolts or replacing a gasket.

6. Age – At some point, the parts on any water heater will wear out and it will lose the ability to perform its job. If your water heater is more than 10 years old, it might have a host of issues caused by normal wear and tear on the parts. At that point, it’s more cost-effective to replace it with a newer model.

Water Heater Troubleshooting Tips

When your water heater suddenly goes out, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to diagnose and repair it before you call in a professional.

Troubleshooting Gas Water Heaters:

  • Is the pilot light lit?
  • Is the gas supply valve in the “ON” position?

Troubleshooting Electric Water Heaters:

  • Is the unit plugged in?
  • Has your circuit breaker been tripped?
  • Has the unit’s reset button been tripped? (If so, press it.)

If none of these steps work, it’s time to call a professional plumber to take a look at your water heater.

Need a New Water Heater? Consider Going Tankless!

When it’s time to replace your water heater, a tankless water heater is a good, energy-efficient option to ensure that you never run out of hot water. It will last longer than a traditional water heater while requiring less maintenance.

Learn more about tankless water heaters and why your family can benefit from switching to this innovative method.

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Know Your Water Heaters: Tank, Tankless, and Heat Pump

February 03rd, 2020

Water heaters are important parts of the American home. Without them we wouldn’t have a choice and would be forced to take icy cold showers. Every once in a while though, we still have to endure the unpleasantness of a cold shower when that water heater starts to fail. Maybe it just needs repairs but it may also need replacement.

When you come to the stage of needing a water heater replacement, it helps to know more than just the fact that you need hot water. You will also want to know what your options are for this comfort system because there is more than one option available to you now.

We are the professionals who keep your comfort in mind so we want to help. We have described a little bit about your hot water heater options below to help you make an informed choice when the time comes.

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A Heat Pump Water Heater? Yes, It Might Be Your Top Choice

November 25th, 2019

You have a new home, but it doesn’t have a water heater installed. Or the water heater in your current home is finally worn down to the point where it’s too costly to keep fixing it and paying astronomical heating bills. Whatever the situation, you’re on the market for water heaters in Arlington, TX. You have a few choices:

  • A standard storage tank water heater (probably the type you had before)
  • A tankless water heater
  • A heat pump water heater

What’s that? You’ve heard about tankless water heaters before, but you aren’t sure what a heat pump water heater is. We’re glad to fill you in on this technology, because it may be the best choice for your water heater replacement.

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An FAQ for Finding a New Water Heater

October 15th, 2018

Is it time to replace your water heater for a new model? Whether you want to try something different, your water usage habits have changed, or your current heater is in its golden years, you most likely have plenty of questions about what kind of water heaters are out there on the market. While this isn’t a definitive guide to water heaters, we hope to answer some of the most basic, but frequently asked questions, we’ve received about them.

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When to Replace Your Water Heater

January 08th, 2018

Wouldn’t it be great if all of the essentials in your home lasted forever? As it is, though, heaters, air conditioners, plumbing components, and water heaters take on a lot of wear and tear, which means these systems will need replacement in a matter of time. The problem is that it can be so tough to tell when any of these hidden components in your home, like a water heater, will need replacement.

You need your water heater to work year round—whether it’s cold or 100°F outside—which means it can take on a lot of wear and tear over the years. Because it’s hidden from view, you might need a bit of help knowing when it’s showing signs of failing so that you can schedule that replacement.

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