The water heater in your Stockbridge, GA home consistently delivers an ample supply of hot water for all of your bathing, hand washing, dishwashing, and other essential activities. If the water heater has fluctuating water temperatures, this could result in an injury or cause considerable inconvenience when doing your household tasks. There are many causes of fluctuating water temperatures, some of which require expert water heater repairs.
Sediment in Tank
Conventional water heaters may accumulate sediment in the tank. This debris may settle on the heating element. This affects the tank’s ability to deliver consistent water temperatures. Routine water heater maintenance prevents sediment buildup.
Check the Thermostat
A faulty thermostat may cause fluctuating water temperatures. The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation recommends setting the water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If you measure the temperature of the water and discover that it’s more than a few degrees off, you could have a faulty thermostat. Leave this repair or replacement to a water heater repair technician.
Inspect the Pilot Light
If you have an older gas-powered water heater, an issue with the pilot light may cause fluctuating water heater temperatures. The pilot light may go out due to dust or dirt buildup, a problem with the gas line, or a malfunctioning sensor. If you relight the pilot only to have it go out again a short time later, your water heater needs professional attention.
Consider the Tank’s Capacity
Conventional water heaters have a 40- to 100-gallon tank. If your home has a smaller tank but you use a lot of hot water, insufficient tank capacity may be the cause of the fluctuating water temperatures. Upgrading to a larger water heater or selecting a tankless water heater provides you with more hot water and consistent water temperatures.
For more information about dealing with fluctuating water repairs, take a look at Jones Climate Control’s expert water heater repairs, or reach out to us today.