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Why Does My Water Heater Keep Turning Off?

It’s one of the most maddening home dilemmas, reducing even the most even-keeled homeowner to ask, “Why does my water heater keep turning off?” Chances are, you’re muttering this question as you make your way, dripping wet, from a cold shower to your gas or electric water heater.

In all likelihood, the answer to your question is rather straightforward and can be fixed quickly with the expertise of a skilled plumber:

  • If your gas water heater keeps turning off, the problem most likely lies with the thermocouple. This vital component detects when the pilot light is lit and then allows gas to flow to the burner. A faulty thermocouple will shut off gas to the burner as well as the pilot. A bent or otherwise damaged thermocouple will prevent the pilot light from heating it. A buildup of dirt may also be to blame. Just as a buildup of dirt and grime can interfere with the smooth operation of your air conditioner, a dirty thermocouple can prevent your water heater from doing its job.

 

  • If your electric water heater keeps turning off, you’ve probably already narrowed the cause to an electrical glitch. And you’re correct, but which one? In some ways, problems with an electric water heater can be more frustrating than those with gas water heaters, especially if the water heater is plugged in, the breaker is live and there is no obvious reason for it to malfunction. An experienced technician can quickly get to the root cause, which is most often a problem with the heating coil or thermostat. On the other hand, if the water heater causes the breaker to shut down every time it attempts to heat water, the problem most likely is an electrical short in the breaker.

Water Heater Repair in New Jersey

If you happen to believe that for every problem, there is a solution, you’re correct in more ways than one. The solution is to call Arctic Air Conditioning so that our experienced professionals can perform reliable water heater repair services. We have been serving Monmouth, Middlesex, Mercer, Ocean, and Somerset counties since 1977. Contact us today!

Testimonials
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”I highly recommend Artic Air. When I moved into Manalapan, I had them completely redo my entire heating and cooling system, to include all new duct work. They completed the…”

- Anthony Piccolo
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”Always a pleasant and friendly experience whenever arctic has to come visit and maintain their equipment. All of their techs are pleasant and friendly and we even remember discussions we…”

- Dominic Ziccardi
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”I was very pleased with the air conditioner service we received from Arctic Air (Sal Delre) . Arctic technician Sal Delre arrived at our home at promised time. He diagnosed…”

- Usman Moghal
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”Our installer was very knowledgeable and worked hard until the job was done. Very respectful and professional”

- Ebony Dorsey
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”Arctic Air installed my gas steam boiler a few years ago and since then I have been having them come out to do the boiler startup in the fall. They…”

- Dana T.
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”Joe came to check both our furnace units in preparation for autumn and winter heating season. He was excellent and a good advertisement for the company. He was competent and…”

- Elizabeth Tortorella
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”Michael C did a super job with my heating start up. Friendly, professional and on time! See you in the spring for my air conditioning start up. Thx!”

- Amanda Caffrey
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”Absolutely love this HVAC service. We had a new one installed a year ago. Our electric bill is so much lower. They are extremely friendly and thorough. I have had…”

- Suzanne Z.
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”They were prompt in the appointment and thorough in the heating system check”

- Sue Jacobson
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”After using Arctic Air 20 years ago I knew where to go for my heating and central air conditioning needs for both reliable equipment and service. They're that good .”

- Tommy Baroni
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”The installation went very well. Artic Air from the beginning are very professional, punctual and well equip with knowledge on the system. Tom and his crew were excellent to deal…”

- Erwin B.
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”The installation went very well. Artic Air from the beginning are very professional, punctual and well equip with knowledge on the system. Tom and his crew were excellent to deal…”

- ERWIN BUSTAMANTE
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”Artic air was swift and Tony figured out what was wrong within 15 minutes I would highly recommend them.”

- William Padula
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”Arctic was recommended by Home Depot. It was a pleasure working with them. Alex was very knowledgeable and helped me through the process. I had many many quotes (7). He…”

- Fatima K.
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”Loved the crew. They were professional, they were fast, they knew their stuff, they cleaned up well. This team was awesome! The price for the unit was about average. I…”

- Patricia B.
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