There is nothing more frustrating than turning on the hot water tap and finding out that the hot water is not working coming out of the tap. If you are experiencing this issue, there could be a number of reasons why your hot water is not working. Here are some possible causes and solutions to help you troubleshoot the issue.
The first thing to check when your hot water is not working is your electrical panel. If the breaker that controls your water heater has tripped, it will need to be reset. Look for the switch labeled “water heater” and flip it off and then on again. If the breaker continues to trip, you should contact an electrician to inspect your electrical system.
If you have a gas water heater, the pilot light may have gone out. The pilot light is a small flame that ignites the gas burner, which heats the water in the tank. If the pilot light is out, relight it by following the manufacturer’s instructions. If the pilot light won’t stay lit, there may be an issue with the thermocouple, which senses when the pilot light is on and allows the gas valve to open. In this case, you may need to replace the thermocouple.
If the pilot light is on but the burner won’t ignite, there could be an issue with the gas valve. The gas valve controls the flow of gas to the burner, so if it is not working, the burner won’t ignite. If you suspect a problem with the gas valve, contact a licensed plumber to inspect your water heater.
Over time, sediment can build up in the bottom of your water heater tank. This can reduce the efficiency of your water heater and cause it to overheat, which can damage the tank. If you hear a rumbling or popping noise coming from your water heater, it could be a sign of sediment buildup. In this case, you should have your water heater flushed to remove the sediment.
If your water heater is not heating water to the desired temperature, there may be an issue with the thermostat. The thermostat controls the temperature of the water in the tank, so if it is not working properly, the water may not be heated to the desired temperature. Check the thermostat setting and adjust it as necessary. If the thermostat is faulty, you may need to replace it.
Your water heater may be too old.
Most hot water heaters last over a decade. If yours is older, that might be your problem. An old hot water heater is going to cause problems and may not be worth the financial investment of fixing it. Many experts suggest replacing them entirely every 7 years. If you feel like yours is still useful but leaking, it might be an easy fix, or you could have a defective model.
There may not be enough water.
Just like with video games, sometimes you need an old-school do-over. Depending on the model of your thermostat and water heater, there is likely a “reset” button. You may need to push the reset button on the high-temperature cutoff. After the water heater has been reset, hopefully, the hot water will return.
In conclusion, there are several potential reasons why your hot water is not working. By checking these common issues, you may be able to diagnose and solve the problem yourself. However, if you are unsure or uncomfortable with making repairs, it’s always best to contact a professional plumber to inspect and repair your water heater.