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Reasons for a Lack of Hot Water in Your Home

Thanks to the miracle of indoor plumbing, we take for granted a constant supply of water, and a constant supply of hot water, into our homes. But when the level of hot water you expect on a day-to-day basis starts to drop, you may have a problem in the water heater. Instead of simply accepting less hot water (a problem that will almost certainly worsen), call for professional water heater repair in Orlando, FL.

Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) has worked with residential water heaters of all types since 1975, and our team of experts can restore your hot water supply to the level you need.

Water heater malfunctions that can lead to a reduced hot water supply

  • Broken dip tube: The dip tube carries cold water from the water main into the heater. The tube runs into the top of the water tank and carries the water to the tank’s bottom, where the heat exchanger/heating elements are located. As the water from the dip tube heats up, it rises to the top of the tank where a pump sends it to the rest of the house. But if the tube breaks, the cold water will gather at the top of the tank, and the heater will start supplying less hot water. Technicians will need to replace the dip tube.
  • Malfunctioning burners/heating elements: For gas-powered water heaters, a burner supplies the hot combustion gas to raise the water’s temperature. If the burner begins to fail because of grime, low gas-pressure, an intermittent pilot light, or a broken igniter, less heat will enter the tank. With an electric water heater, two heating elements inside the tank supply the energy to raise the temperature. If one fails, the amount of hot water in the tank will plunge.
  • Leaking: If leaks develop along the connectors to the tank, on the tank itself, or in any of the pipes, the water supply will drop. This is a major problem that threatens the water heater and can lead to water damage in your home. Whenever you begin to lose hot water, make a visual inspection of the water heater to look for water pooling around it. Call for repairs immediately before the problem grows worse and you may need to have the system replaced.

Something else to keep in mind: water heaters have a lifespan of 12–15 years depending on their model. Once a water heater goes past its estimated lifespan, it will begin to deteriorate due to age and lose its efficiency. When you notice a reduction in hot water due to an old water heater, it’s probably time to schedule a replacement.

Whatever water heater repair in Orlando, FL you need done, look to Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI), a trusted name in plumbing service for almost 40 years. Give us a call today.

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