No Hot Water? See These Tips…

Nobody likes a cold shower, so naturally having no hot water can be a huge annoyance. There are a number of things that can cause you to run out of hot water, many of which are fixable. Here are some tips for troubleshooting your no heat problem before calling your professional plumber for help:

No Hot Water Tip #1: Wait For Your Water Heater to Re-Heat the Water

Often times you will run out of hot water if you have extra people over and they are all taking showers back to back. This can drain the hot water heater of the water it already heated and leave you needing to wait a while for the water to re-heat. So, before doing anything, try waiting a little while to see if your hot water returns. If after waiting you still don’t have any hot water then you may have a more serious problem.

No Hot Water Tip #2: Is The Tank Big Enough?

If you are running out of hot water constantly then you might need to make sure that the hot water tank you have is large enough for your household needs. You can research the size of the water heater that you have and then see how many gallons it holds and go from there to figure if it is right for your home or not. If not you might need to consider getting another hot water heater installed to keep you from having the same problem on a regular basis.

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No Hot Water Tip #3: Your Pilot Light Has Gone Out

If your water heater is gas-powered you might find that your pilot light has gone out. If that is the case you will need to relight it. First, you will need to turn the regulator to “off” for a few minutes. Once you have done this you may then turn it to pilot. If you need to light it with a flame use a long lighter and then place it where the pilot burner is. If it is a self ignite then simply hold down the ignition button. Keep the button held down for a minute and then turn the regulator to “on”.

No Hot Water Tip #4: The Breaker Has Been Tripped

If you have an electric water heater you should check to see if the breaker has been tripped. To do this you will need to go to the circuit breaker box and see if any of the breakers are not in line. If the breaker has been tripped simply flip the breaker to the right and then back to the left.