7 Common Causes of No Hot Water

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance it’s because you just had a breathtakingly cold shower or turned on the faucet and there wasn’t any hot water. It’s a frustrating state of affairs, but don’t fret. Learning the most frequent reasons your home has no hot water is the first step toward finding a solution. Here is a review of the reasons why you might be having hot water troubles so you can get back to enjoying the hot showers you deserve.

1. Gas Leak

First, is this a situation where you have a gas water heater? It could very well not be making hot water because of a gas line leak. If you sense a questionable rotten egg smell, assume you have a leak and follow these steps:

  • Shut off the gas valves at your house.
  • Don’t switch any electrical appliances on or off.
  • Avoid smoking or using a lit match.
  • Open windows and doors to air out the home and evacuate the building.
  • Notify the fire department and your utility provider.
  • Never attempt to repair the gas line yourself.

2. Gas Valve Failure

This hot water issue can be hard to identify, but it’s often the cause of no hot water coming from a gas water heater. Begin by checking the gas inlet valve and gas supply tube for leaks. If these both seem undamaged, inspect the gas valve to confirm it’s in the proper position and the gas is turned on. If the pilot light is functioning properly but you still do not have hot water, the gas supply may be blocked in some way. Unfortunately, this could mean it’s time to buy a new, more energy-efficient water heater. Contact an experienced plumbing specialist like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to be sure.

3. The Pilot Light Is Out

The pilot light is vital for older gas water heaters to work properly. If the light goes out, you’ll have no hot water. Recently manufactured water heaters have glow plugs or spark igniters, so consult your owner’s manual to see if your unit has a pilot light. If so, you may need to turn off the regulator and wait for the gas to air out before attempting to relight it. Contact a professional for help if you’re confused about how to relight the pilot.

4. Thermostat Malfunction

Your water heater thermostat must be set correctly to furnish your home with adequate hot water. If you recently turned down the temperature to conserve energy while you were out of town, check the thermostat to make sure it’s between 120 and 140 degrees F. While you’re at it, check for a tripped high-temperature cutoff switch, as this is a common reason for no hot water. If it turns out the thermostat is damaged, buying a new one might be the best remedy.

5. Sediment Buildup

After awhile, sediment can accumulate in the lower part of the water heater tank. This buildup creates a barrier between the heating element or burner and the water, leading to inefficiency and could lead to no hot water. Sediment buildup is more common in areas with hard water, but it can occur anyplace.

Scheduled maintenance, including flushing the tank at least once a year, helps prevent this issue. If the problem has already happened, you could potentially need Expert assistance to clean or replace the tank. Be mindful of the clarity and quality of your hot water to detect sediment buildup before it becomes a bigger problem.

6. Malfunctioning Electric Water Heater

Electric water heaters are dependable components in the plumbing world, but even they sometimes experience problems. If your home doesn’t have any hot water, examine the connections to the water heater and reset any tripped breakers at the electrical panel.

If the breakers haven’t tripped, the heating elements could be the problem. Water heaters usually provide service for about 10 years, so if yours is getting older, it might be more cost-effective to replace the entire water heater rather than repair the problematic hardware.

7. Undersized Water Heater

If the tank is too small for your household’s hot water requirements, you may end up running out of hot water. If you’re sick and tired of putting up with tepid showers when you’re the last person to get ready in the morning, consider upgrading to a larger tank. You might also inquire about tankless water heaters, which heat water on demand for unlimited back-to-back showers.

No Hot Water? Contact Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing

At Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we know it’s important to solve your hot water issues quickly, affordably and with long-lasting results. With our Expert technicians, unmatched customer service and reputation for quality work, you can rest assured we will go the extra mile to meet all your plumbing needs.

Don’t let a lack of hot water interrupt your life for even a minute longer! Contact Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and we’ll restore hot water to your home. Call 866-397-3787 today to arrange an appointment!

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