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Common Water Heater Problems

Water heaters are built to deal with the high demand for hot water. No matter how sturdy your water heater is, however, it will eventually develop issues. The best way to preserve the health of your water heater is to keep an eye out for symptoms of issues before they can progress too far. Let’s take a look at some of the common symptoms of water heater problems.

Drops in Heat Output

Sudden drops in heat output are some of the most common symptoms of water heater issues. This can be caused by a couple of different things. It’s possible that your water heater dip tube is cracked or broken, causing cold water flowing into the tank to mix with the hot water flowing out of the tank. A more steady decrease in hot water output can be caused by a sediment buildup on the bottom of the tank. This insulates the tank against the heat from the burner assembly, causing the overall temperature of the water to drop.


There are a variety of different places that a water heater can develop leaks. It could be a faulty valve or seal that springs a leak. It could also be the tank itself that develops a leak, due to rust. It’s this last one that’s the biggest problem, and you should call for repairs as soon as you notice rust on your water heater. Otherwise, the tank may rupture and cause severe water damage to the surrounding area. In fact, you should call for repairs as soon as you notice that your water heater is leaking at all. It will take professional examination to determine how dangerous the leak is.

If your water heater is having issues, call SPS Mechanical Inc. We provide a full range of water heater services throughout Haddonfield, NJ.

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