What To Do If You Suddenly Have No Hot Water

hot water systemIf you’ve come home from work, and discovered that you have no hot water at the faucet in your bathroom, there are some small troubleshooting procedures you can do in order to narrow down the root of the problem and possibly do an easy fix. Of course, there might be some steps that involve a few tools, but if you get in over your head, it’s probably time to call a plumber such as the experts at Plumbers Perth. So let’s get started checking out your hot water system.

If You Don’t Have Hot Water At One Faucet, Be Sure And Check Another.

The first thing you’ll want to do, if there’s no hot water in your bathroom, is go to your kitchen and check for hot water there as well. Be sure and run the faucet for plenty of time to make sure you’ve got water that has made it all the way from your water heater up to the faucet. The reason that you do this at two different faucets, is because some kinds of faucets have a constant blending of water happening between hot and cold and, it’s possible for a small stone to get stuck in the faucet causing a blockage, only allowing cold water to come through. If the second faucet that you try has no hot water as well, then it’s time to go on to another step.

Check To Make Sure You Have Electric Or Gas To Your Water Heater.

If you have an electric hot water heater, go to your fuse panel and check the fuses to see if any are blown. The hot water heater typically has two fuses banded together, so’s important to flip them both all the way off, and then back on, to be certain that you’re getting power to the water heater. If the fuse didn’t look blown when you first inspected it, and the hot water heater didn’t come on when you flip the switch, then most likely the problem is going to be at the hot water heater itself. If you have a gas hot water heater, you should check to make sure that your gas is turned on and that you have a pilot light lit.

If You Have No Tools, And You’re Not Handy Call A Plumber.

At this point you’ll need to have an electrical tester to proceed further. You need to check to see if there’s power to either one of the elements in your hot water heater. Then check to see if the thermostats for each thermostat has power as well. If there is power to the thermostat but no power going to the element the thermostat is bad. If there’s power to the element and it is not heating, then the element is bad. If this seems too complicated, or you don’t feel comfortable testing high-voltage power, it’s probably better that you call your local plumber and have him come fix it instead.

Troubleshooting your water heater is fairly easy in the beginning stages. Even if you call a plumber on the phone, they’ll most likely ask you to do the first couple of steps anyway, so they’ll know what to expect. Of course, never do any procedures that you are uncomfortable with, it’s always better to call the professionals, than make a trip to the hospital.

For tips on how to repair a hot water heater yourself, read here.