Is My Water Heater in Need of a Repair?

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Three Signs Your Water Heater Needs a Repair

Water heaters are one of the main components that keep our homes running as smoothly as possible. Without hot water, we’re unable to perform necessary daily tasks like showering and washing dishes.

When your water heater starts performing at unsatisfactory levels, it’s cause for concern, and a repair service should be scheduled as soon as possible in order to spot and resolve the issue quickly.

Insufficient Water Supply

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as hopping in the shower after a long day only to run out of warm water minutes later. Showering shouldn’t feel like a race against the clock to take advantage of your limited water supply.

If your water heater struggles to keep up with your home’s hot water demands, this is a key sign pointing to low efficiency. Your home’s water heater should be able to supply more than enough warm water for both your showers and household tasks.

A low hot water supply could be due to an incorrect setting on your water heater. If this is a repeat issue, your water heater may be too small to support your household’s needs. Our team at Air Treatment Company can inspect your current water heater and verify if it is the correct size for your home. If the water heater is too small, we recommend installing a replacement for a sufficient hot water supply.


Suppose you’ve noticed small amounts of condensation on the exterior of your water heater; no need to fret. However, if your water heater is leaking from the unit or puddles start to form around it, it’s time for a professional inspection. Even the smallest of leaks can quickly reduce your water heater’s efficiency levels.

Leaks often source from the tank itself, so it‘s best to have our experienced team members take an in-depth look at the unit. Although it may be tempting to opt for a DIY inspection, we suggest that you give our water heater experts at Air Treatment Company a call for a comprehensive water heater checkup.

Fluctuating Temperature

Some homeowners may experience changing water temperatures in their hot water supply. In this case, the water heater will provide acceptable temperatures of water some days and lukewarm to chilly water on others.

If you’ve lost your patience with your water heater fluctuating temperatures, we can help! Irregular temperatures often signal that there is a buildup of mineral deposits in the water heater, specifically around the heating elements, preventing them from working efficiently.

Let’s say your water heater is relatively new. In that case, the heating element can be replaced, and fluctuating temperatures should be no more. However, if your water heater is an older model, it may be worth considering a total system replacement rather than paying for repeat repairs.

Avoiding Water Heater Repairs

We understand how frustrating it can be when your water heater is not working properly and possibly even affecting your ability to keep up with household chores and hygiene routines. We’ve compiled a list of the most effective preventative tips to help maintain your home’s hot water supply:

  • Drain your water heater twice a year to prevent sediment buildup
  • Insulate the water heater to retain as much heat as possible
  • Keep a wide area of space around your water heater

Quality Water Heater Repair Services in Fairfax

Our team at Air Treatment Company has years of experience diagnosing and resolving water heater issues. We’re committed to providing top-notch customer service and quality work to homeowners in Fairfax and the surrounding areas. Take the first step in restoring your water heater’s efficiency by calling us today at (703) 270-0881 or completing our online contact form.

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