How to Get Your Hot Water Back On

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who enjoys taking a cold shower. Here's how to get your hot water back.

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Most of us have experienced having no hot water at some point, but how do we fix it if it happens? Here are some tips on common issues that may allow you to fix the situation yourself.

Gas Water Heaters:

Has the pilot light turned off? If so, you will need to relight it following the instructions in your owner’s manual. If the light will not stay lit, your gas inlet valve may have closed. Try turning its’ handle to the correct position. This is usually parallel with the gas line but can vary. If this still doesn’t work, you will need to call your gas company as you could have an issue with your thermocouple.

Electric Water Heaters:

Check to see if you have a tripped breaker, which would mean your water heater has a switch that has somehow been turned off. If this has occurred, you should be able to switch your circuit breaker from the “off” to the “on” position to reset the breaker. If the breaker trips again shortly after you do this, it might be time to call an electrician to investigate the issue.

Reach out to a plumber if you notice the following issues with your water heater:

  • Water that smells sulfurous
  • Cracks or rust on your water heater
  • Water that contains rust
  • Strange noises coming from your pipes or heater

We hope that you and your family can live comfortably without running into issues with your water heater. If you are having problems, these tips should help to set you on track it get the warm water that you deserve!

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