23 Jul My Water Heater Isn’t Giving Out Hot Water. Can It Be Repaired?
Having no hot water is by far the most frustrating problem you can encounter with a water heater. This is a clear indication that your water heater is not working at all. Most of the time, the unit is not working because the energy source–either gas or electricity–fails to produce heat.
If you encounter this problem, don’t worry! It can be repaired.
Before calling a professional for water heater repair services, there are a few things you can do to handle a problem with your unit.
WATER HEATER REPAIR: DETERMINE YOUR SYSTEM
Fixing the problem of no hot water will depend on the type of water heater you own: electric or gas. While gas and electric water heaters look quite similar, they heat water differently. The equipment they use to transform energy into heat is also not the same.
If you are not sure whether the heater is gas or electric, look for a round chimney pipe or flue at the top part of the unit. A flue is a sign that your water heater is gas because it serves as an exhaust for the combustion gasses. A gas water heater also has a gas cooktop at the bottom, usually behind a metal viewing door.
An electric water heater does not burn fuel. It also does not create combustion gases so there’s no need for a flue. However, it does need an electrical hookup that is connected to an electrical circuit breaker in an electrical panel since the tank has electric heating elements inside.
Check the Pilot Light
The water heater burner is ignited by the pilot light so the water can be heated. If the pilot light goes out, the burner will not be ignited and water will not be heated. In case of a water heater issue, you can remove the cover of the unit to inspect and turn on the pilot light.
To do this, refer to the water heater’s side for the manufacturer’s instructions. Solving the problem may be as simple as turning the control knob to “on.” Take note that it will take approximately 30 minutes before the burners can start heating water again.
Turn on the Gas Supply
Another thing to consider is gas supply. Someone in your home may have turned the gas supply off accidentally. This is why the water is not being heated. Find the water heater’s gas line and follow it until you see a shut-off valve.
The shut-off valve lever should be in line with the gas line–this indicates that gas is flowing to the unit and the problem lies elsewhere. If it’s in the “off” position, no gas is going to the water heater and you should switch it on.
Your water heater is a valuable investment and you should treat it that way. Instead of doing DIY water heater repair, consider asking a professional for help when necessary. They can give you high-quality services so you can rest assured that your water heater will no longer be prone to serious issues.