Every once in a while, you'll turn on a bath or shower faucet to discover there's no hot water. Before you panic, these troubleshooting techniques can help. If not, call a licensed HVAC or plumbing professional.
Troubleshooting a Hot Water Heater
FYI: water heaters have a life expectancy often between eight to 12 years. If your water heater gives you trouble on a regular basis, it may be time to replace it. In the meantime, here are tips on how to adjust the temperature of your hot water.
Make Sure it's Working
First, make sure the water heater has access to a heat source. If you have an electric unit, verify that the circuit breaker hasn't tripped. Click the breaker connected to the water heater all the way off, and then all the way back on again. See if that helps. Generally, Electric water heaters have an upper and lower heating element. If the hot water doesn't seem to last as long as in the past, it often means on of the two (usually the lower one) is out.
If you have a gas water heater, check the pilot light. If the flame burned out, follow the instructions located on the tank to relight it. If you can't get the pilot lit in your first two or three tries, contact your utility company or a water heater professional to safely relight it for you.
Adjust the Temperature Setting
If you're out of hot water first thing in the morning, either the heat source is powered off or you need a more technical repair. If the hot water ran out after a load of laundry and dishes were done, adjusting the hot water temperature should do the trick.
- Electric:First, make sure you turn the water heater's circuit off. Never perform any maintenance, adjustments or repairs until the electric current is halted. Remove the unit's access panel and carefully pull out the insulation. Use a flat head screwdriver to adjust the temperature control knob. Replace the insulation and panel door. You should have hot water in 15 to 30 minutes.
- Gas:Simply turn the temperature control knob a notch or two higher towards "hot" and wait 15 to 30 minutes.
Still out of hot water? Contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling and we'll send someone out to fix the problem.