7 Common Causes of No Hot Water

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance it’s because you just had an icy cold shower or turned on the faucet to find no hot water. It’s an annoying situation, but don’t stress. Learning the most frequent causes of 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

Do you have a gas water heater? It could very well not be producing hot water because of a gas line leak. If you detect a suspicious rotten egg odor, assume you have a leak and follow these steps:

    • Close off the gas valves at your home.
    • Don’t switch any electrical appliances on or off.
    • Avoid smoking or using a lit match.
    • Open windows and doors for ventilation 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 problem can be hard to detect, but it’s a frequent cause of no hot water coming from a gas water heater. Start off by examining the gas inlet valve and gas supply tube for leaks. If it all appears undamaged, check out the gas valve to make sure it’s in the correct position and the gas is turned on. If the pilot light is functioning the way it should but you still don’t have any hot water, the gas supply may be blocked in some way. Regrettably, this may mean it’s time to purchase a new, more energy-efficient water heater. Contact a skilled plumbing specialist like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to be sure.

3. The Pilot Light Is Out

The pilot light is necessary for older gas water heaters to operate properly. If the light isn’t lit, you’ll have no hot water. Recently manufactured water heaters feature glow plugs or spark igniters, so reference your owner’s manual to find out if your unit has a pilot light. If so, you may need to turn off the regulator and wait for the gas to dissipate before trying to relight it. Call a professional for assistance if you’re uncertain how to relight the pilot.

4. Thermostat Malfunction

Your water heater thermostat has to be set properly to furnish your home with adequate hot water. If you recently lowered the temperature to save energy while you were out of town, look at the thermostat to make sure it’s between 120 and 140 degrees F. As long as you’re looking at it, check for a tripped high-temperature cutoff switch, as this is a frequent reason for no hot water. If it turns out the thermostat is broken, getting a new one to replace it may be the best option.

5. Sediment Buildup

With time, sediment can build up in the bottom of the water heater tank. This buildup creates an obstruction between the heating element or burner and the water, causing inefficiency and could lead to no hot water. Sediment buildup is more frequent in homes with hard water, but it can occur anyplace.

Scheduled maintenance, such as 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. Keep an eye on the clarity and quality of your hot water to identify sediment buildup before it becomes even more challenging to address.

6. Faulty Electric Water Heater

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

If you don’t find any tripped breakers, the heating elements could be to blame. Water heaters generally last about 10 years, so if yours is getting older, it may be more cost-effective to replace the entire unit rather than repair the problematic elements.

7. Undersized Water Heater

If the tank is doesn’t have enough capacity to meet your household’s hot water demands, you may wind up running out of hot water. If you’re sick and tired of putting up with not very hot showers when you’re the last person to get ready each morning, consider upgrading to a larger tank. You might also inquire about tankless water heaters, which heat water on demand for endless back-to-back showers.

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

At Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we strive to resolve your hot water issues fast, at a fair price and with long-lasting results. With our Expert specialists, first-class customer service and reputation for excellence, 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 schedule your appointment!

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