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What to Do When Your Hot Water Heater Isn’t Working

water heater showerWhether you are starting your morning off with a refreshing shower, unwinding in the evening after a busy day with a bath or something similar, the last thing you want to contend with is unpleasantly chilly water. When your hot water heater does its job as intended, it delivers an ample amount of hot water to your home for various purposes. However, if you have had a stark encounter with cold water rather than the enjoyment of warm water today, you may be wondering what is wrong with your hot water heater. There are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot your heater before calling a plumber.

Check the Energy Supply
There are two main types of energy used by hot water heaters, and these are gas and electricity. If you have an electric hot water heater, check the circuit breaker box to ensure that the fuse for the heater hasn’t been tripped. If you have a gas heater, ensure that the hoses are connected securely. Also, check the pilot light to ensure that it is still lit. Tightening loose hoses and lighting a pilot light that has gone out may correct any issues your hot water heater is having.

Check the Temperature Setting
The temperature setting on your hot water heater will dictate how hot the water you receive is. If this setting is low, and especially if hot water was being used elsewhere in the house by another bather, the dishwasher or another source, the hot water heater may not have been able to keep up with the demand. Simply adjusting the temperature setting may fix the problem.

Call a Plumber
If these steps do not remedy your issue, it is possible that your hot water heater needs professional service. If your heater is older in years, it may require a replacement. A plumber can visit your home to professionally diagnose your repair needs, and he can also make those repairs or replace the heater for you. Most plumbing service company do carry most brands of heater in the market.

Many hot water heater issues can be remedied by the homeowner through a few basic troubleshooting steps. In some cases, however, a heater is in need of more significant repairs, or it may have completely run through its natural life and may require replacement. If you are like most people, you regularly use hot or warm water in your home. To minimize the amount of time that your home is without hot or warm water, take time to follow these tips today.


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