Water heaters heat water in your home that you will use to wash dishes, do laundry and take showers or baths. They can be either gas or electric, depending on how your home is set up. If you suddenly have no hot water, you may have a problem with your water heater that requires troubleshooting or assistance from a professional. Problems with your water heater may include
• No hot water
• Limited hot water
• Sulpher or egg smelling water
• Odd popping or rumbling noises
• Whining noise
• Leaking water around the base of your water heater
It is possible to service a hot water heater on your own. Take proper safety measures before you do any maintenance or troubleshooting steps including
• Change the valve to the “pilot” setting
• Cut off the water supply to your heater
• If you have an electric water heater, cut the power off completely using the fuse panel or circuit breaker to avoid getting a shock while working on it
Before deciding to replace your water heater, check to ensure that the pilot light is lit. You should also examine the hoses that go to the water heater to check for leaks there. It’s much cheaper to replace a hose or couple of hoses than it is to replace the entire water heater. You may also need to replace the thermostat or heating element to restore your hot water.
If you have some hot water, but it runs out frequently, you may have an upper or lower defective heating element in the tank. Your tank may also have multiple thermostats that it relies on for heating. Even if one is working correctly, the other may be malfunctioning and will impair the ability of the tank to properly heat the water for your home.
If you are ever in doubt about repairs on your hot water heater, you should consult with a professional plumber for advice and assistance with restoring its functionality or getting a replacement.