Don’t Underestimate the Causes of Water Heater Fluctuations

A water heater being repairedWater heaters, so long as you use them correctly and maintain them properly, can last for many years, even longer than a decade. Several factors can shorten or lengthen this expected service life though, such as frequency of use, the hardness of water, and the installation itself of the system.

When your water heater is nearing its end of service, or have developed problems urgently needs addressing, it is important you do not delay seeking professional plumbers.

According to Whipple Service Champions, water heaters in Utah homes signal these situations as mentioned above when they start having temperature fluctuations.

When temperature changes often occur

There are several instances wherein you may notice a sudden change in the temperature of water flowing out of the faucets or showers. One of these is when you have these fixtures running for quite some time, and the warm or hot water just becomes cold. Another is the simple change from hot to cold water.

Why these happen in the first place

There are some reasons for these temperature drops in your water. Malfunctioning mixing valves are some of them and are often the culprits when they have exhausted their service life.

Another is when there is too low a pressure, as well as when one or several of your toilets use too much water that drains what the heater has already prepared.

What you should do

As a responsible homeowner, you definitely want to address the potential causes of water temperature fluctuations early on, seeing that this can be a huge inconvenience. Also, they may actually be symptoms of an even bigger problem, such as massive sediment build-ups in the pipes due to hard water.

The fact that sudden changes in water temperature can also pose health hazards should already make you call an expert plumber as soon as possible.