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Where’d My Hot Water Go?

Your water heater is absolutely essential to your comfort, so of course, if you suddenly find yourself sitting in a tub of cold water, it is definitely a problem! See, there are a number of things that can go wrong with your water heater, which is why we have written this blog.

A variety of things can contribute to a lack of hot water, and below, we have outlined some of them for you. All you have to do is keep reading to find out more, and of course, remember to call us when you need a Monroe plumber.

So, What’s the Deal?

There are a number of reasons why your water heater isn’t giving you the hot water you need. Here are a few of them:

You’ve simply run out of hot water

Over the holiday season, guests often come to stay for extended visits. This puts extra strain on the water heater in the morning when everyone is taking their showers. If you have a water heater designed to handle the needs of only a few people, it can be overwhelmed quickly.

The pilot light on the water heater has gone out

If you have an older natural gas water heater, it may use a pilot light to ignite the burners. (Newer models use electronic ignition systems.) Check on the pilot light to see if this is the case, and then relight the pilot. If the pilot light won’t stay lit, consult with a professional plumber to repair the system.

The burners won’t light

If your burners won’t light, this could be a gas flow issue. It might also be that the thermostat that activates the burners isn’t working correctly. Either way, you definitely don’t want to mess around with the burners. Have a water heater repair expert look at the problem.

A circuit breaker has tripped

A tripped circuit breaker can definitely stand in the way of you and your electric water heater. Because the amount of energy the water heater requires, it might overload its circuit and the trip the breaker—and you won’t get any hot water. Check the breaker and reset it. If the problem continues, have the water heater looked at. (It’s also quite possible that the electrical panel itself is faulty, in which case, you’ll need to hire an electrician!)

The water heater is improperly sized

If the water heater is a new one, the problem of it running out of hot water too soon may mean that it has the wrong size tank. Never let non-professionals install your water heater, since poor sizing is a mistake they often make. You’ll need to have a new water tank put in that better matches your household comfort needs.

Call in a Professional

Of course, the best way to resolve your water heater issues is by hiring a professional plumber to come to take a look at it. Trust us, only a professional has the tools, knowledge, and training to safely and correctly handle the complex needs of your system, the first time around.

Schedule your plumbing services with the team at Snellville Heating, Air and Plumbing today.

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